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twilight zone Line breaks: twi|light zone

Definition of twilight zone in English:


1A situation or conceptual area that is characterized by being undefined, intermediate, or mysterious: the twilight zone between the middle and working classes
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  • He said 16 and 17-year-olds were ‘living in a twilight zone between childhood and adulthood’, gaining different rights at different ages.
  • 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.
  • It is a place so strange that even scientists refer to it as the twilight zone.
2An urban area in a state of dilapidation or economic decline.
3The lowest level of the ocean to which light can penetrate.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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