- the state or period of partial darkness between day and night; the dark part of twilight.
- partial darkness; shade; gloom: She was barely visible in the dusk of the room.
Origin of dusk1
- tending to darkness; dark.
- to make or become dusk; darken.
Origin of dusk2
Examples from the Web for dusk
If Blake is to make his escape at dusk, what time does the sun set?Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
With dusk approaching, the massive crowd marched north on Florissant.Ferguson on Edge Again as Night Falls
August 15, 2014
As dusk approaches, a fog creeps up the slope of the mountain and swallows the sprawling city below—just like Pablo promised.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
June 7, 2014
The town center was still clear of Ukrainian security forces at dusk.Eastern Ukraine Explodes, Russian Invasion Grows More Likely
May 2, 2014
For me the notion of mixing the warm light of fire with the cool light of dusk, that created a color palette.How ‘Transcendence’ Director Wally Pfister Became Christopher Nolan’s Secret Weapon
April 17, 2014
He could not see her face, but he could hear perfectly the words that came through the dusk.Weighed and Wanting
At dusk, Littlefield lighted a fire, and began to cook his fowls.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
In the dusk of the wooded shades behind him huddled the group of slaves.In the Valley
Dick said nothing, but despite the dusk Woodville read the truth in his eyes.
The rain and dusk were so heavy that they could not see fifty feet, and they shivered with cold.
- twilight or the darker part of twilight
- poetic gloom; shade
- poetic shady; gloomy
- poetic to make or become dark
Word Origin and History for dusk
c.1200, dosk "obscure, to become dark," perhaps from Old English dox "dark-haired, dark from the absence of light" (cognate with Swedish duska "be misty," Latin fuscus "dark," Sanskrit dhusarah "dust-colored;" also cf. Old English dosan "chestnut-brown," Old High German tusin "pale yellow") with transposition of -k- and -s-, perhaps via a Northumbrian variant (cf. colloquial ax for ask). But OED notes that "few of our words in -sk are of OE origin." A color word originally; the sense of "twilight" is recorded from 1620s.