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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sun·set Sun·set·ting, n.
 1. The descent of the sun below the horizon; also, the time when the sun sets; evening. Also used figuratively.
    'T is the sunset of life gives me mystical lore.   --Campbell.
 2. Hence, the region where the sun sets; the west.
 Sunset shell Zool., a West Indian marine bivalve (Tellina radiata) having a smooth shell marked with radiating bands of varied colors resembling those seen at sunset or before sunrise; -- called also rising sun.