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sunset

[suhn-set] /ˈsʌnˌsɛt/
noun
1.
the setting or descent of the sun below the horizon in the evening.
2.
the atmospheric and scenic phenomena accompanying this.
3.
the time when the sun sets.
4.
the close or final stage of any period.
adjective
5.
(of an industry, technology, etc.) old; declining:
sunset industries.
6.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a sunset law:
to add sunset restrictions to a bill.
Origin of sunset
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see sun, set
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  • She was terrible as an army with banners; fair as the sea or the sunset.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • Now they might not be slain there and then, for it was unlawful to slay captives after sunset.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • But he much prefers darkness to light, and takes excursions after sunset.'

  • The splendour of the sunset was in his soul and the world was athrob with joy.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • It was just on sunset when he returned to arrange for Harding to go out with him about midnight.

    The Rider of Waroona Firth Scott
British Dictionary definitions for sunset

sunset

/ˈsʌnˌsɛt/
noun
1.
the daily disappearance of the sun below the horizon
2.
the atmospheric phenomena accompanying this disappearance
3.
Also called sundown. the time at which the sun sets at a particular locality
4.
the final stage or closing period, as of a person's life
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Word Origin and History for sunset
n.

late 14c., from sun (n.) + set (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sunset

sunset

verb

To subject a government agency, a legislative provision, etc, to automatic termination after a specified period: Many senior members of the CAB favor legislative proposals to ''sunset'' the agency earlier

[1978+; fr sunset law]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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