from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Partial darkness.

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  • noun Partial or near darkness, dimness, twilight.

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  • noun partial darkness


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From semi- +‎ darkness


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  • Squatted around in the semidarkness are the russet figures of the merry, primitive spectators, lit up by the flickering glare of the unsteady light, the children usually naked, and the men having frequently bared the upper parts of their bodies.

    The Manóbos of Mindanáo Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, Volume XXIII, First Memoir

  • I stuck my face up to the crack and peered into the semidarkness.

    The Haunted

  • I previously compared the view of being in space to having lived in semidarkness for several years and having someone turn on the lights.

    Peggy Whitson: A Heroine of Science and Technology | Universe Today

  • The buildings across Fifth Avenue brooded in semidarkness; the snow, now half an inch deep, shone gray on the sidewalk.

    The Curse of the Wendigo

  • Well, the view from my helmet, continuing the same analogy, would be like going outside on a sunny, clear day after having lived in semidarkness for years!

    Peggy Whitson: A Heroine of Science and Technology | Universe Today

  • I could feel my face flushing, even in the semidarkness.

    The Haunted

  • When you return to the living room, Andrea is sitting in the semidarkness, licking her fingers.


  • It was a single room, in semidarkness owing to the grime covering the windows sitting high in the walls above her head.

    Unearthly Asylum

  • Quanah recalled later that the horses were moving at a gallop, throwing dust high in the air, and that some of them tripped on the prairie-dog holes, which sent men in feathered headdresses and horses rolling over and over in the semidarkness.33 At the settlement they crowded around the buildings, firing their carbines at windows and doors.


  • Brooke felt a small wave of anxiety until she heaved open the vaultlike door, stepped inside, and was enveloped in a warm cocoon of semidarkness and low laughter and the subtle but unmistakable scent of marijuana.

    Last Night at Chateau Marmont


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