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[haf-lahyt, hahf-] /ˈhæfˌlaɪt, ˈhɑf-/
light that is about half its customary brightness, or that is partially dimmed or obscured:
the half-light of early dawn; a room in half-light.
Origin of half-light
First recorded in 1615-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The man was blind in daylight, and could see in darkness or half-light.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • He was nervous and excited, and his eyes shone in the half-light.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • He stands a moment bewildered by the half-light, then calls sharply: "Larry!"

    The First and The Last John Galsworthy
  • The walls were spotless and the red-tiled floor shone in the half-light.

    The Choice of Life

    Georgette Leblanc
  • He stood in the half-light, one hand on the table, the other clasping the picture.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • The little man scuttled away in the half-light, and out of the yard.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • Her face was wistful in the half-light; the corners of her mouth quivered, ever so little.

  • It shone through the half-light as though a lamp had been lighted within.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • How well she knew that half-light of the ebb of the wave of darkness.

  • I asked, wondering why the windshield should look so blurred in the half-light.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for half-light


a dim light, as at dawn or dusk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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