Definition of semi-darkness in English:

semi-darkness

noun

  • [mass noun] A light level in which it is possible to see, but not clearly:

    ‘I made for the door and in the semi-darkness stumbled over one of the wellingtons’
    ‘the shapes were unmistakable even in semi-darkness’
    • ‘I do believe that it ought to be listened to in semi-darkness.’
    • ‘I plodded up the 92 steps in semi-darkness because the few tiny windows have been sealed off at the request of neighbours.’
    • ‘I tuned the shortwave radio to a Mozart concert and sat there in semi-darkness, smoking up an indoor fog of my own and feeling about as low as I've ever felt, before or since.’
    • ‘A strong smell of disinfectant was hanging in the air, and fruit machines were winking sinisterly in semi-darkness.’
    • ‘The only way to make them economically viable is to intensively rear British farmers in huge barns where thousands of them can be kept in semi-darkness and fed mashed up, infected sheep pellets.’
    • ‘During the concert parts of the disc the picture is relatively sharp and clear, with good shadow detail, which is a good thing since they seem to like playing in semi-darkness.’
    • ‘You have just 20 minutes in semi-darkness to memorise or scribble down the objects on view.’
    • ‘After a year of semi-darkness, he signed us up to a privately-run powerhouse.’
    • ‘I was waiting in the twilight semi-darkness, yawning, eyes half closed, and basically looking like a zombie.’
    • ‘The fact that he films everything in semi-darkness adds to the murkiness of the plot.’
    • ‘The semi-darkness around the pool was in harmony with the various rare instruments played and put the audience in the position of intimate onlookers of sacred rituals.’
    • ‘Young pigs are kept in semi-darkness to minimise fighting and aggression caused through frustration due to their appalling conditions.’
    • ‘But all I could see were the dim lights that left the interior in semi-darkness.’
    • ‘Eventually, boredom conquered and I rose into the darkness, or semi-darkness.’
    • ‘Robert blinked in the sudden semi-darkness, the only illumination being the moonlight which shone through cracks in the curtains.’
    • ‘The shades had been pulled and the room was in semi-darkness.’
    • ‘What I also discovered was that using the projector meant working in semi-darkness, and there are times when you can't see what you are doing very clearly.’
    • ‘Monday night's show is both dizzyingly ferocious and heartbreakingly beautiful, all choreographed in semi-darkness for maximum psychological impact.’
    • ‘The screaming, the heroism and reasonable panic, the fumbling in semi-darkness for mobile phones - it was our safe distance from it all that was so horrifying.’
    • ‘I found these two gentlemen with their icons in semi-darkness at the west end of the Minster, largely ignored.’
    twilight, nightfall, sunset, sundown, evening, close of day
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Pronunciation

semi-darkness

/sɛmɪˈdɑːknəs/