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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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A shadow cast (as in an eclipse) where the light is partly but not wholly cut off by the intervening body : a space of partial illumination between the perfect shadow on all sides and the full light. (plural)

Usage examples (15)
  • It's a double-edged sword: Once they started finding "penumbrae," the courts turned it around on us and made up all sorts of stuff to NARROW our rights and expanded the...
  • My view is that this would suggest a possibility that such statutes would in essence end up with penumbrae.
  • From the top of the terrace he gazed upon this vague form standing up like a phantom in the penumbrae of the evening.
  • That which on earth is called diffusion of light, that luminous matter which the air holds in suspension, which creates the twilight and the daybreak, which produces the umbrae... for more
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