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

  • intransitive v. To appear darkly or indistinctly.
  • intransitive v. To grow dark.
  • intransitive v. To become gloomy.
  • transitive v. To make dark or indistinct: "the dramatist . . . whose province it is to darkle and obscureā€ ( London National Observer).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To be dark; to be visible only darkly.
  • v. To become dark; to show indistinctly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To grow dark; to show indistinctly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To appear dark; show indistinctly.
  • To become dark or gloomy.


Back-formation from darkling.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from darkling. (Wiktionary)



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