twilight zone

noun

Definition of twilight zone 

1a : an area just beyond ordinary legal and ethical limits

b : twilight sense 2a

2 : a world of fantasy or illusion

Examples of twilight zone in a Sentence

a twilight zone between war and peace He gets lost in the twilight zone of video games.

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The phytoplankton themselves live above the twilight zone, residing in the sunlit upper ocean. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Is Stepping Into the Twilight Zone," 19 June 2018 One 2014 study estimates that the twilight zone—the region of ocean between 660 to 3,300 feet below the surface—is home to 10 times more fish than previously thought. Brian J. Skerry, National Geographic, "Why Great White Sharks Hang Out in Warm Whirlpools," 19 June 2018 The twilight zone, also called the Mesopelagic zone, exists around 660 to 3300 feet below the surface. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Is Stepping Into the Twilight Zone," 19 June 2018 The whirlpools are created by intersecting oceanic currents that are slightly warmer than the surrounding waters, allowing heat to penetrate more deeply than usual into the twilight zone. Brian J. Skerry, National Geographic, "Why Great White Sharks Hang Out in Warm Whirlpools," 19 June 2018 The pop singer takes a left turn into the twilight zone in a string of surreal new shorts and images posted overnight by her friend and collaborator, the Canadian filmmaker Petra Collins. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Selena Gomez Turns Scream Queen for Petra Collins' New Horror Film: Watch the Teaser," 21 June 2018 As novelist and essayist both, Robinson has always been something of an underwater archaeologist, diving into the twilight zones of memory to drag lost histories into the light. Donovan Hohn, New York Times, "Democracy’s Fierce Defender," 9 Mar. 2018 A few hundred feet beneath the ocean’s surface, spots known as twilight zones are home to extraordinary and glowing deepwater creatures that few humans have ever seen in their natural habitat. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "Team works in twilight zone to bring reef to surface at Cal Academy," 11 Apr. 2018 Sometimes trying to get into a goalie’s mind is like traveling into a twilight zone. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Preston: Hopkins goalie Turnbaugh peaking at right time," 10 May 2018

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1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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twilight zone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of twilight zone

: a situation or an idea that is unclear or confusing

: a world of fantasy where things are not real

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