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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TWILIGHT

The sun had gone down, and the twilight was fast losing itself in night.

After twilight fell, she slowly walked the length of the Street.

The camp turns out to see the sunset and enjoy the twilight.

He lay as still as the stones beside him, and all was quiet again in the twilight.

The twilight was already coming on and it was perfectly still all around.

All the pyramids are becoming a little faint as the twilight is advancing.

But when the twilight began to show Dick believed that victory was at hand.

Then he returned to the hole in the cliff, and remained there until twilight.

By twilight she returned to Venus with her arms full of shining fleece.

She stood unthinking, it seemed, her gaze vaguely piercing the twilight.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c. (twilighting), a compound of twi- + light (n.) Cognate with Dutch tweelicht (16c.), German zwielicht. Exact connotation of twi- in this word is unclear, but it appears to refer to "half" light, rather than the fact that twilight occurs twice a day. Cf. also Sanskrit samdhya "twilight," literally "a holding together, junction," Middle High German zwischerliecht, literally "tweenlight." Originally and most commonly in English with reference to evening twilight but occasionally used of morning twilight (a sense first attested mid-15c.). Figurative extension is first recorded c.1600.

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