I. noun Date: 14th century 1. the apparent descent of the sun below the horizon; also the accompanying atmospheric effects 2. the time when the upper limb of the sun disappears below the horizon as a result of the diurnal rotation of the earth 3. a period of decline; especially old age II. adjective Date: 1976 stipulating the periodic review of government agencies and programs in order to continue their existence <
sunset laws

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