Definition of twilight zone in English:

twilight zone


  • 1A situation or conceptual area that is characterized by being undefined, intermediate, or mysterious.

    ‘the twilight zone between the middle and working classes’
    • ‘The inference therefore by logical extension is that the ‘other’ half of the population exists in some kind of a twilight zone that is superior in moral principle.’
    • ‘He said 16 and 17-year-olds were ‘living in a twilight zone between childhood and adulthood’, gaining different rights at different ages.’
    • ‘More time lapse and we fell into the international twilight zone of hospital waiting rooms.’
    • ‘Visitors enter a twilight zone of vast proportions as they are invited to explore the basic elements of earth, air, fire and water in four modern pavilions crammed full of interactive exhibits.’
    • ‘But tax experts warn such deals are operating in a twilight zone.’
    • ‘At the same time as the older boy started to play, Alex returned from the twilight zone and started paying attention to the game again.’
    • ‘It didn't take long, no matter how many of my old show I watched or channel surfed, to find myself in an ideological twilight zone.’
    • ‘But it is equally true that they only flourish in the twilight zone separating serious film from cheap entertainment.’
    • ‘It is a place so strange that even scientists refer to it as the twilight zone.’
    • ‘In the twilight zone between sleep and awake, I make the decision to skip my shower and be a pig today.’
    • ‘And to be able to enjoy Sonny's world, trapped in the throes of a twilight zone, it is best to do so without comparing it to one's own world.’
    • ‘If Charlene hadn't called her friend, she could still be in the twilight zone.’
    • ‘I get up and sit on the edge of the bed and for a few minutes I'm in a twilight zone where I can't figure out what I'm supposed to do next.’
    • ‘Poised in the twilight zone between the living and the nonliving, a virus is just a short strand of DNA or RNA coiled tightly inside a shell made of protein molecules.’
    • ‘Being the hedonist that I am, waking up at 5.30 am, which may be the norm for some people especially those living in outer Sydney and commuting to work, is nothing but a twilight zone for me.’
    • ‘If you are involved in the twilight zone there are certain rules laid down and you abide by them.’
    • ‘Venture into York after the shops have shut and before the nightlife picks up, and something strange happens. You enter the twilight zone.’
    • ‘So we enter a twilight zone where both parties talk about security, but refuse to actually take the necessary steps to achieve security.’
    • ‘You know, this is like living in a twilight zone.’
    • ‘It is more likely that your dreams are daydreams in the twilight zone between sleep and wake.’
  • 2An urban area in a state of dilapidation or economic decline.

  • 3The lowest level of the ocean to which light can penetrate.

    • ‘This new exhibition explores life in the twilight zone of the ocean, 200 to 1,000 metres below the surface where there is little oxygen, food or light, and the coelacanth is the star attraction.’
    • ‘I, for one, am terrified of deep water (if you can't see the bottom, you never know what's watching you), but every time a Discovery Channel special about the ocean's ‘twilight zones’ comes on, I'm glued to the screen.’