twilight zone


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

Example Sentences

He gets lost in the twilight zone of video games.
Recent Examples on the Web These were cave crickets, chirp-less bugs that feed on daddy longlegs and other insects that gather in the twilight zone. Taras Grescoe, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2022 McCracken captures the twilight zone between consciousness and subconsciousness, where intuitions are not yet filed away, impulses not yet stifled. Yiyun Li, Harper’s Magazine , 28 Sep. 2022 Last month, researchers from Hope for Reefs and the Maldives Marine Research Institute surveyed some of the Maldives’ twilight zone reefs. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 10 Mar. 2022 In the center of one room was a display of spiny king crabs, sea stars, and translucent spot prawns, denizens of the twilight zone. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 Most stick to depths between 200 and 1,000 meters, a region officially named the mesopelagic but better known as the twilight zone; others plunge far deeper. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 June 2022 Most dive as far down as the twilight zone, where the dim light from above rapidly dwindles to nothing. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 June 2022 Earth will be in a twilight zone and terrible things will likely happen in the form of droughts, wildfires, super-storms, and hurricanes. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 If nothing is done, our earth will enter a twilight zone. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 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 30 Nov. 2022.

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