ADJ. complete, pitch, total The building was in pitch darkness. | deep, inky the inky darkness of the tunnel | gathering It was becoming impossible to see the map in the gathering darkness.
VERB + DARKNESS be plunged into The electricity failed and the house was plunged into darkness. | lie in, stand in The valley lay in darkness.
DARKNESS + VERB come, close in, descend, fall We arrived at the village just as darkness fell. | lift waiting for the darkness to lift
PREP. in (the) ~ The building was in darkness. Her eyes seemed to glow in the darkness. | into the ~ The car disappeared into the darkness. | out of the ~ A figure appeared out of the darkness.
PHRASES the hours of darkness The bombing took place during the hours of darkness. | under cover of darkness They moved about under cover of darkness.