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: dusky
beginning to grow dusk outside


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dusked; dusking; dusks

intransitive verb

: to become dark
the dusking room

transitive verb

: to make dark or gloomy
a gray light dusked the room William Sansom
… his … formality dusked by the saturnine mood of ill health. Herman Melville


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: the darker part of twilight especially at night
The park closes at dusk.
: darkness or semidarkness caused by the shutting out of light

Example Sentences

Adjective under a dusk sky, the campers wearily bedded down for the night Verb the grief-stricken woman continued to sit in the dusking room until she was completely enveloped in darkness Noun The park closes at dusk. we stopped playing at dusk, since it was getting too dark to see the ball
Recent Examples on the Web
When the summer heat creeps to unbearable temperatures, pre-dawn and post-dusk become the most appealing times to run. Outside Online, 1 Aug. 2022 Mylar space blankets draped across their shoulders glistened a surreal golden hue as the vessel’s blinding strobe lights illuminated the post-dusk spectacle. Los Angeles Times, 19 Dec. 2021 Forgive me for skipping dinner, but my pre-dusk meals were simply not going to be outshone. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 22 Aug. 2021 The park is open 8 a.m. to dusk year-round, while the information and gift center is open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. now through Thanksgiving and vary with the season. oregonlive, 14 Mar. 2020 Waiting to hear After dusk Wednesday, buses began to arrive at the plant to return some of the immigrants after processing. Author: Jenny Jarvie, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Aug. 2019 On July 4, Elitch Gardens will offer a dusk fireworks display visible from the surrounding areas, and The Denver Outlaws game at Mile High Stadium (against the Boston Cannons) on July 4 will also be followed by fireworks. John Wenzel, The Know, 24 June 2019
Tennis star Frances Tiafoe is sitting in the golden poolside dusk at Amanyara, the Turks & Caicos outpost of the rarefied Aman resorts. Nick Remsen, Vogue, 17 Nov. 2022 On one of the island's highest peaks, the Sunset Houses vacation homes look out over the sea between the valley and the dusk that daily paints everything with its orange glow. CNN, 4 Nov. 2022 Racine County Line Rifle Club: 8922 Rifle Range Road, Racine; 6 a.m. to dusk Nov. 6, 12 and 13; (262) 977-1114 or racinecountylinerifleclub.com. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 6 Nov. 2022 The full Moon always rises in the east at dusk (opposite a sunset) and sets in the west the following morning (opposite a sunrise). Jamie Carter, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 The projectors are mounted and turned on, and the quality and vividness of the projection are observed under daylight, dusk and total darkness lighting schemes. Nikolas Greenwald, Good Housekeeping, 30 Sep. 2022 Cinematographers everywhere couldn’t have asked the movie gods for a more compliant dusk than the one Carlile and her band and filmmaking team got. Chris Willman, Variety, 29 Sep. 2022 Riding a cable car up Nob Hill at dusk, just as the lights of the skyline begin to sparkle. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Sep. 2022 For Valentine's Day 2021, Buffet posted a picture on Instagram of her and Prescott standing on a beach at dusk next to a burning tiki torch. Effie Orfanides, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


Adjective, Verb, and Noun

Middle English dosk, alteration of Old English dox; akin to Latin fuscus dark brown, Old English dunn dun, dūst dust

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dusk was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dusk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dusk. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


: the darker part of twilight especially at night
: partial darkness

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