1. The light perceived before the rising, and after the setting, of the sun, or when the sun is less than 18° below the horizon, occasioned by the illumination of the earth's atmosphere by the direct rays of the sun and their reflection on the earth.
2. faint light; a dubious or uncertain medium through which anything is viewed.
As when the sun . . . from behind the moon,
In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds. --Milton.
The twilight of probability. --Locke.
1. Seen or done by twilight.
2. Imperfectly illuminated; shaded; obscure.
O'er the twilight groves and dusky caves. --Pope.
adj : lighted by or as if by twilight; "The dusky night rides down
the sky/And ushers in the morn"-Henry Fielding; "the
twilight glow of the sky"; "a boat on a twilit river"
[syn: dusky, twilight(a), twilit]
n 1: the time of day immediately following sunset; "he loved the
twilight"; "they finished before the fall of night"
[syn: dusk, gloaming, nightfall, evenfall, fall,
2: the diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the
horizon but its rays are refracted by the atmosphere of
3: a condition of decline following successes; "in the twilight
of the empire"