Definition of darkness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    darkness

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈdɑːknəs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːrknəs//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1the state of being dark, without any light After a few minutes our eyes got used to the darkness. The house was plunged into total darkness when the electricity was cut off. The sun went down and darkness fell (= it became night). There is an extra hour of darkness on winter mornings. Parking is not allowed during the hours of darkness. Her face was in darkness. They managed to escape under cover of darkness.
  2. 2the quality or state of being dark in colour It depends on the darkness of your skin.
  3. 3(literary) evil the forces of darkness
  4. Extra examples Her eyes seemed to glow in the darkness. It was becoming impossible to see the map in the gathering darkness. The bombing took place during the hours of darkness. The building was in darkness. The car disappeared into the darkness. The electricity failed and the house was plunged into darkness. The room was swallowed by darkness. The valley lay in darkness. They moved about under cover of darkness. They moved from place to place under cover of darkness. We arrived at the town just as darkness fell. We waited for the darkness to lift. the inky darkness of the tunnel Her face was in darkness. In the west the sun went down and darkness fell. Parking is not allowed during the hours of darkness.
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