from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The darker stage of twilight, especially in the evening.
- adj. Tending to darkness; dusky.
- transitive v. To become or make dark or dusky.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A period of time occurring at the end of the day during which the sun sets.
- v. to begin to lose light or whiteness; to grow dusk
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Tending to darkness or blackness; moderately dark or black; dusky.
- n. Imperfect obscurity; a middle degree between light and darkness; twilight.
- n. A darkish color.
- transitive v. To make dusk.
- intransitive v. To grow dusk.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Dark; tending to darkness; dusky; shaded, either as to light or color; shadowy; swarthy.
- n. Partial darkness; an obscuring of light, especially of the light of day; a state between light and darkness; twilight: as, the dusk of the evening; the dusk of a dense forest.
- n. Tendency to darkness of color; swarthiness.
- To make dusky or dark; obscure; make less luminous.
- To make dim.
- To grow dark; begin to lose light, brightness, or whiteness.
- To cause a dusky appearance; produce a slightly ruffled or shadowed surface.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the time of day immediately following sunset
- v. become dusk
From Middle English, dark, alteration of Old English dox.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English dosk, duske (adj., "dusky"), from Old English dox ("dark, swarthy"), from Proto-Germanic *duskaz (“dark, smoky”), from Proto-Indo-European *dhūs (cf. Old Irish donn 'dark', Latin fuscus 'dark, dusky', Sanskrit dhūsaras 'dust-colored'), from *dhū, dheu- 'to smoke, dust'. More at dye. Related to dust. (Wiktionary)