• WordNet 3.6
    • adj twilight 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"
    • n twilight the diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon but its rays are refracted by the atmosphere of the earth
    • n twilight a condition of decline following successes "in the twilight of the empire"
    • n twilight the time of day immediately following sunset "he loved the twilight","they finished before the fall of night"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Twilight 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."
      "The twilight of probability."
    • Twilight Imperfectly illuminated; shaded; obscure. "O'er the twilight groves and dusky caves."
    • Twilight Seen or done by twilight.
    • Twilight 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n twilight The light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon at morning and evening. It has generally been agreed by observers in different countries that this light rises in the morn-ing and sets in the evening when the sun is 18° or 19° below the horizon. The former depression is given by Ptolemy, Gemma Frisius, Magini, Kepler, and Gassendi; the value 19° is given by Posidonius and Alhazen. Under some circumstances a second twilight appears, separated by an interval of darkness from the first. Twilight is certainly due to reflection from the upper atmosphere, but the phenomenon is somewhat complicated by the zodiacal light.
    • n twilight Hence, any faint light; partial darkness; shade.
    • n twilight Figuratively, an indistinct medium of perception; also, a state of faint or hazy mental illumination.
    • twilight Bolonging, pertaining, or peculiar to twilight; seen by twilight; crepuscular, as a hat or moth.
    • twilight Faintly illuminated; shady; dim; obscure: either literally or figuratively.
    • twilight To illuminate faintly or dimly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Twilight twī′līt the faint light after sunset and before sunrise: an uncertain view: partial darkness
    • adj Twilight of twilight: faintly illuminated: obscure
    • v.t Twilight to illuminate faintly
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  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “For age is opportunity no less than youth itself, though in another dress, and as the evening twilight fades away, the sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.”
  • Jean Paul Richter
    “The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Suspicion amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they never fly by twilight.”
  • Angela Carter
    “Women's sexy underwear is a minor but significant growth industry of late-twentieth-century Britain in the twilight of capitalism.”
  • Dame Edna Everage
    Dame Edna Everage
    “My mother used to say that there are no strangers, only friends you haven't met yet. She's now in a maximum security twilight home in Australia.”
  • John F. Dodge
    John F. Dodge
    “There is no twilight zone of honesty in business. A thing is right or it's wrong. It's black or it's white.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. twilight, AS. twi-,see Twice) + leóht, light; hence the sense of doubtful or half light; cf. LG. twelecht, G. zwielicht,. See Light


In literature:

It was deep twilight in this corner, but Barrie's eyes were accustoming themselves to the gloom.
"The Heather-Moon" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
This strange sort of twilight shone here at least upon a peaceful task.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
I travelled more quickly than usual, the evening was calm and still, twilight fell over the wood.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Their faces showed pale and more distinct than their bodies in the darkening twilight.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
The battle reclaimed attention, silhouetted as it was in a great flaming cloud against a twilight sky, and its low rumble was an unbroken note.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
The twilight of evening was just giving way to the gloom of night.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
I stood at the edge of an open space in the dim, flat-grey illumination of morning twilight.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
The twilight settled closer; the dark wall of the cedars seemed to advance; a hollow wind blew through the forest.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
He was in another twilight, only it was the counter twilight between star quench and sun blaze.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
As twilight faded away we returned to the tents, and had the evening meal.
"Byeways in Palestine" by James Finn

In poetry:

So I weary, O, I weary,
I weary, I know not why,
And a sadness fills me slowly
As the twilight fills the sky.
"I Weary To-Night, I Weary" by Alexander Anderson
Soon the twilight shadows falling
Will thy glory chase away,
And weary man will welcome
The closing of the day.
"Sunset" by Mary Weston Fordham
I can close my eyes at twilight
Though now many miles away,
And see that lovely horizon
At close of expiring day.
"A Picture" by Jared Barhite
Christ ruleth now; the Asir
Have found their twilight dim;
And, wiser than she dreamed, of old
The Vala sang of Him
"The Dole Of Jarl Thorkell" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Ah me! what melody lay in its tone,
When, in the quiet of the twilight dim,
She sang, her mother's hand within her own,
The simple worship of their evening hymn.
"Bertha" by Alexander Anderson
Sleep on, you will not hear me. But to-morrow
You will remember in your fragrant ways,
Finding the voice of twilight and my sorrow
Lovelier than all men's praise.
"To Timarion" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall

In news:

Twilight's Cam Gigandet spends time with his family in Malibu.
A liquor license for a Twilight-themed restaurant and nightclub-type lounge is being applied for by the owners of Dazzled By Twilight in Forks.
Paramore's New Song for the Twilight Movie.
This photo was taken last Easter at Twilight Acres in Wall Lake.
Sky Deutschland Takes 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn,' 'Magic Mike' for German Pay TV.
For diehard fans, Thursday was 'Twilight' Day.
Cam Gigandet was the family man Tuesday, as the Twilight star was snapped with girlfriend Dominique Geisendorff and daughter Everleigh Ray as they left Chin Chin, a restaurant in Beverly Hills, California.
Sorry there are no showtimes for Twilight Double Feature on Monday, November 19.
Must Come to an End with The Twilight Saga.
Which famous Seattleite says 'Twilight' is 'evil.
Twi- hards catch the final movie of Twilight saga.
Dedicated fans of "The Twilight Saga" are camping out near Los Angeles' Nokia Theater ahead of Monday's "Breaking Dawn.
Llano Cemetery twilight tour adds 2 trolleys, stops.
Spirits & Stories: Brattonsville by Twilight.
Three new films no rival for final 'Twilight' over Thanksgiving.

In science:

The procedure of taking twilight flats is automated so we expect the average twilight colors to be rather stable.
Improved Photometric Calibration of the SNLS and the SDSS Supernova Surveys
The fraction of those variations unrelated to changes in the twilight color (but simply to actual changes in the instrument response following roughly a similar pattern) is difficult to estimate.
Improved Photometric Calibration of the SNLS and the SDSS Supernova Surveys
Nevertheless, those variations can be used to set an upper bound on the effect: in all cases a variation of the twilight color by the quoted amount contributes a flat-field error that reaches at most 5 mmag.
Improved Photometric Calibration of the SNLS and the SDSS Supernova Surveys
Variations of the instrument response on shor t time scale: Last, variations of the amplifier gain arise on time-scales shorter than the run and cannot be properly accounted for by the twilight flat-field. A prominent example of an amplifier gain variation is clearly visible on the 2005-10-09 grid displayed in Fig. 5.
Improved Photometric Calibration of the SNLS and the SDSS Supernova Surveys
This feature is present in all bands for this epoch, but since it is not reproduced on other grid epochs we interpret this effect as a variation of the gain between the acquisition of twilight and the observation of the grid.
Improved Photometric Calibration of the SNLS and the SDSS Supernova Surveys