I. adjective Etymology: Middle English derk, from Old English deorc; akin to Old High German tarchannen to hide Date: before 12th century 1. a. devoid or partially devoid of light ; not receiving, reflecting, transmitting, or radiating light <
a dark room
b. transmitting only a portion of light <
dark glasses
2. a. wholly or partially black <
dark clothing
b. of a color of low or very low lightness c. being less light in color than other substances of the same kind <
dark rum
3. a. arising from or showing evil traits or desires ; evil <
the dark powers that lead to war
b. dismal, gloomy <
had a dark view of the future
c. lacking knowledge or culture ; unenlightened <
a dark period in history
d. relating to grim or depressing circumstances <
dark humor
4. a. not clear to the understanding b. not known or explored because of remoteness <
the darkest reaches of the continent
5. not fair in complexion ; swarthy 6. secret <
kept his plans dark
7. possessing depth and richness <
a dark voice
8. closed to the public <
the theater is dark in the summer
Synonyms: see obscuredarkish adjectivedarkly adverbdarkness noun II. noun Date: 13th century 1. a. a place or time of little or no light ; night, nightfall <
after dark
b. absence of light ; darkness <
afraid of the dark
2. a dark or deep color III. verb Date: 14th century intransitive verb obsolete to grow dark transitive verb to make dark

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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