American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or like twilight; dim: "the period's crepuscular charm and a waning of the intense francophilia that used to shape the art market” ( Wall Street Journal).
- adj. Zoology Becoming active at twilight or before sunrise, as do bats and certain insects and birds.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or resembling twilight; glimmering.
- In zoology, flying or appearing in the twilight or evening, or before sunrise: as, the crepuscular or nocturnal Lepidoptera.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to twilight; glimmering; hence, imperfectly clear or luminous.
- adj. (Zoöl.) Flying in the twilight or evening, or before sunrise; -- said certain birds and insects.
- adj. like twilight; dim.
- From Latin creper ("dark, dusky"). (Wiktionary)
“As I made a mental note of Hitchens' casual use of the word "crepuscular," the Maryland professor grumbled in my direction.”
“Garrett, does the word crepuscular do anything for you?”
“You might call it a dreamscape, but they say no, it's "crepuscular" - it's the slippery moment just after you wake up, between sleep and wakefulness.”
“Boars are crepuscular, that is they forage from dusk until dawn and they are the only hoofed animals known to dig burrows.”
“Maybe he was trying to find that "crepuscular" place where left and right brain coexist in a harmonious union.”
“People view Mike Nelson's installation which turns the British Pavilion into a 'disorienting, dusty, crepuscular world full of labyrinthine passages'.”
“Nelson's already much talked-about installation, which opens to the public this Saturday, takes the visitor through the front door of the elegant, colonnaded 19th-century former tearoom that forms Britain's official pavilion and plunges them into a disorienting, dusty, crepuscular world full of labyrinthine passages, false walls and shoulder-hunchingly low ceilings.”
“Two members of staff were busy with customers and two more were assembling glossy black tables for huge tellys in the crepuscular rear of the shop.”
“A haze of cement dust blanketed the wreckage, softening sharp edges and muffling all sounds in its dreary crepuscular light.”
“Thus Jerome emphasises the crepuscular setting, and a certain psychic distance opens up between shroud and sudarium.”
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