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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. 2017.
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  • At dawn of Friday, July 21, we were within a hundred miles of the island, and we encountered the ice in the half-light.

    South! Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • Her face was wistful in the half-light; the corners of her mouth quivered, ever so little.

  • They saw the face dimly in the half-light, with unexpressive dark patches under the penthouse brows.

  • The man was blind in daylight, and could see in darkness or half-light.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • "You look like a witch, instead of a devotee, in this half-light," observed Ana.

    For the Soul of Rafael Marah Ellis Ryan
  • He was nervous and excited, and his eyes shone in the half-light.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • They seemed to take weird shapes in the half-light, and the water sucked and lapped about their stony feet.

    Kastle Krags Absalom Martin
  • The walls were spotless and the red-tiled floor shone in the half-light.

    The Choice of Life Georgette Leblanc
  • He was not very like Giovanni, but in the half-light the Princess saw a resemblance that made her start.

    The White Sister F. Marion Crawford
  • How well she knew that half-light of the ebb of the wave of darkness.

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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