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 Below the twilight zone is the midnight zone, which is from 3,300 to 10,000 feet. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Aug. 2023 So the top layer of the deep ocean beneath the sunlight layer, which ends at 600 feet, is called the twilight zone or the Mesopelagic. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Aug. 2023 Scientists warn that the climate crisis could reduce twilight zone species by between 20% and 40% before the end of the century — and if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t curbed, recovery could take thousands of years. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 29 Apr. 2023 The manager was rude, the gate agent… missed my shows this feels like the twilight zone — marlon wayans (@MarlonWayans) June 9, 2023 So petty. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2023 The sea level was low, and weird-looking creatures that normally inhabit the deep twilight zone of the ocean were bobbing near the water's surface. Anvita Abbi, Scientific American, 16 May 2023 Gough and Bond streets sit in an urban twilight zone today. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 29 Apr. 2023 The twilight zone also a crucial habitat for marine life that dives in search of prey, like sharks, or lanternfish that hide in the twilight zone during the day and swim to the surface waters to feed at night. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 28 Apr. 2023 Take a stroll through their twisted twilight zone on view through May 6. Camille Okhio, ELLE Decor, 14 Apr. 2023 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Twilight zone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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