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half-light

[haf-lahyt, hahf-]
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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of half-light

First recorded in 1615–25
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for half-light

sunset, dusk, dawning, decline, evening, end, ebb, gloaming, eventide, sundown, night, nightfall, dimness, afterglow, half-light, afterlight, aurora, dawn, daylight, glow

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Historical Examples of half-light

  • 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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for half-light

half-light

noun
  1. a dim light, as at dawn or dusk
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