b. spec. Most commonly applied to the evening twilight, from sunset to dark night. second twilight n. see quot. 1883.
c. Morning twilight, which lasts from daybreak to sunrise.
2. transf. A dim light resembling twilight; partial illumination.
a. An intermediate condition or period; a condition before or after full development. twilight of the gods [translation of Icelandic ragna rökkr, altered from the original ragna rök, the history or judgement of the gods] , in Scandinavian Mythol. the destruction of the gods and of the world in conflict with the powers of evil; also transf. Cf. Götterdämmerung n., Ragnarök n.
b. esp. in reference to imperfect mental illumination or perception.
a. Of, pertaining to, or resembling twilight; seen or done in the twilight. twilight arc (also twilight arch), twilight curve, the outline of the earth's shadow, which rises in the east as the sun sets, forming an arch which divides the twilight or shaded portion of the sky from that which is lighted by the direct rays of the sun. twilight glow, a diffuse glow in the sky at twilight; spec. in Meteorol., that caused by spectroscopic emission in the upper atmosphere from atoms excited by solar radiation. twilight parallel, the small circle of the celestial sphere, parallel to and 18 degrees below the horizon, at the sun's crossing which evening twilight ceases or morning twilight begins (Webster, 1911). twilight vision, vision in which colours are hardly perceptible owing to the dimness of the light; scotopic vision.
b. fig. Having an intermediate character.
c. Lighted as by twilight; dim, obscure, shadowy; also fig. of early times.
d. fig. Of the nature of or pertaining to imperfect mental light.
twilight home n. (a) a home (see home n.1 7) for old people or animals; (b) = twilight house n.
twilight housing n.
twilight shift n. a shift worked between the day shift and the night shift.
twilight sleep n. [translating German dämmerschlaf (C. J. Gauss, c1905)] a state of amnesia and partial analgesia induced by the administration of morphine and scopolamine (hyoscine), esp. to lessen the pains of childbirth.
twilight world n. (a) a shadowy region; (b) a world characterized by uncertainty, obscurity, or decline; (c) the world which comes to life after sunset, characterized by merry-making or criminal activities.
twilight zone n. (a) spec. an urban area in which housing is becoming decrepit; (b) gen. an indistinct boundary area combining some of the characteristics of the two areas between which it falls (cf. sense 4b); (c) occas., a dimly illuminated region.
ˈtwilight v. (trans.) to light imperfectly or dimly.
ˈtwilightless adj. having no twilight.
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