from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The soft, subdued light seen at dusk or dawn or in dimly lit interiors.

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  • n. The soft, greyish light characteristic of dawn or dusk

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a grayish light (as at dawn or dusk or in dim interiors).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a greyish light (as at dawn or dusk or in dim interiors)


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  • I tiptoed back to my rooms in the misty half-light and prepared for bed as the town began to stir.

    Exit the Actress

  • We lay there in the half-light and the quiet, breathing.

    Shortcut Man

  • She stood in front of me in the half-light of the bedroom.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery

  • He smiled, and though his eyes had been replaced long ago by visual sensors that glowed dimly red in the half-light, I imagined that I could yet detect a spark of that charismatic man who had won the hearts of thousands even as he brought about their destruction.

    lo, a fic. « Love | Peace | Ohana

  • If you've ever woken up in a state of fear and dread in the half-light hour before sunrise, then you know what depression is.

    Andrew Solomon - An interview with author

  • I stood in the half-light of the glowing canopy of stars, mesmerized.

    Night and the spell that gave me peace

  • I could only think of the wretched cows swaying along in queasy, jolting half-light, then suddenly a lurch and a terrific violence as the world turned upside down.

    Bird Cloud

  • The cranky-looking figure with large spectacles and wispy hair and beard was never a household name; nor were the bulk of the figures whose work he rescued from the dusty half-light with his Anthology of American Folk Music in 1952.

    Harry Smith issues his famous Anthology

  • The bird circles endlessly in my room, in the half-light, comes close, bringing the harsh carnival of his eye to mine, causing my neck to fall down in slices of yellow, my shoulder to reveal the five sleeping armies.

    The Bird

  • Sure, commercial broadcasters would have held the government to account, but this society-redefining legislation would have been played out in half-light.

    Why Cameron could be praying for the BBC strike to go ahead


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