twilight zone


: an area just beyond ordinary legal and ethical limits
: a world of fantasy or illusion

Examples of twilight zone in a Sentence

He gets lost in the twilight zone of video games.
Recent Examples on the Web My congregants leave our church at 164th St. with spirits lifted and souls at peace only to enter a twilight zone of no-parking and no-turning signs and arrows that confuse many and often lead to hefty fines. Patrick O'Connor, New York Daily News, 9 July 2024 For the first hour or so, Deshe’s film focuses on the mental torture of staying put: living in a twilight zone that comes to resemble a dystopian sci-fi movie (there are hints of Tarkovsky’s Stalker). Damon Wise, Deadline, 2 July 2024 The Russian State and Society at a Crossroads: The twilight zone, from Russian Futures 2030, European Institute for Security Studies, published August 2020. The Editors, JSTOR Daily, 23 Feb. 2024 Although surface waters weren't atypically warm when Foster and her team took their measurements, the twilight zone waters neared 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius)—far above the 68- to 75-degree range in which mesophotic corals thrive. Carolyn Wilke, Scientific American, 26 Feb. 2024 The campaign rhetoric ignores the practical questions these calls raise — starting with the weird legislative and military twilight zone that armed conflict with cartels would occupy. Christian Schneider, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 Within the twilight zone, researchers were surprised to discover that more than half of the unique gene clusters found belonged to fungi. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Jan. 2024 Not that long ago, the ocean’s twilight zone was considered relatively devoid of life. WIRED, 9 Dec. 2023 The reasoning behind these aggregations is yet another twilight zone mystery whose answer may eventually be brought out of the deep and into the light. Jack Feerick, Discover Magazine, 28 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of twilight zone was in 1908

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“Twilight zone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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