daylight

noun

day·​light ˈdā-ˌlīt How to pronounce daylight (audio)
1
: the light of day
2
3
: dawn
4
a
: knowledge or understanding of something that has been obscure
began to see daylight on the problem
b
: the quality or state of being open : openness
5
daylights plural
b
: mental soundness or stability : wits
scared the daylights out of him
6
: a perceptible space, gap, or difference
denied there was any daylight between the two governments' positions

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Example Sentences

Open up the curtains and let some daylight into the room. As daylight fades into darkness, everyone returns to their homes. For pictures taken in daylight, use a different film. We could see daylight through the cracks in the wall. The accident happened just after daylight. They said there was no daylight between the two governments' positions. See More
Recent Examples on the Web As such, the changes in daylight significantly affect those neurons. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 20 Sep. 2022 The beetle was beneath my foot at the moment when my foot fell; a sense of well-being in the daylight, a short, shrill pain and then nothing. James Wood, The New Yorker, 19 Sep. 2022 Unprovoked and in broad daylight, a mentally-ill homeless man backed me against a wall and threatened to kill me. WSJ, 19 Sep. 2022 The roosts are places where bats can rest in the daylight from their periods of hunting insects at dusk. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Sep. 2022 Despite his erratic driving and reports of a man seen hitting a woman in broad daylight, officers made no arrests and issued no citations. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 16 Sep. 2022 Humans, who function mainly in the daylight, are diurnal. Jacob Livesay, USA TODAY, 26 July 2022 The killing occurred in the daylight in an area heavily trafficked by vehicles and pedestrians, less than a block away from North Second Street. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 June 2021 They could be seen emerging from the graves in broad daylight. Ben Okri, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of daylight was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Daylight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daylight. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

daylight

noun

day·​light ˈdā-ˌlīt How to pronounce daylight (audio)
1
: the light of day
2
: daytime
They travel only during daylight.
3

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