day·​light | \ ˈdā-ˌlīt How to pronounce daylight (audio) \

Definition of daylight

1 : the light of day
3 : dawn
4a : 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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Examples of daylight in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web While there is general agreement among Republicans on many aspects regarding an impeachment inquiry of the President, there is more daylight between moderate and conservative Republicans than between moderate and liberal Democrats. CBS News, "CBS News Eye on Trends: The latest from the Election & Survey Unit," 30 July 2020 George Floyd, a Black man, was murdered in broad daylight by a white Minneapolis police officer, who slowly suffocated him by pressing his knee into his neck while three other officers watched without intervening. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the Answer to Overcoming Racism in America?," 4 June 2020 The updated daylight ranch-style house, built in 1978 on 0.25 acres, has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,811 square feet of living space. oregonlive, "Bidding wars: Portland homes with a private office, big yard are selling fast during the coronavirus," 6 July 2020 Authorities are still searching for a gunman who opened fire in board daylight last week, killing a 20-year-old man. Fox News, "Fourth of July weekend marked by violence as girl, 7, among dead in Chicago, cities see deadly shootings," 5 July 2020 The circadian system is pegged more to the external—the 24-hour clock and the daylight-nighttime cycle. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "How the COVID-19 Pandemic Could Be Messing With Your Sleep," 24 June 2020 Mammals evolved as nocturnal beings that did not need to see the rich hues of the daylight world, so most—like your pet dog and cat—are dichromatic, and have only blue and green cones. Virginia Morell, National Geographic, "Hummingbirds see colors we can’t even imagine," 15 June 2020 Cities now struggled to allow demonstrations but appeared uneasy with anything that stretched past daylight. William Thornton |, al, "Of marches and monuments: 5 days in Alabama," 3 June 2020 Like other cities across the U.S., Wisconsin communities have borne the brunt of violence committed in darkness after peaceful daylight protests. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A day of contrasts in Wisconsin as officers kneel alongside protesters and Madison cleans up from another night of mayhem," 2 June 2020

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First Known Use of daylight

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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9 Aug 2020

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“Daylight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of daylight

: the light of the sun and sky during the day : the natural light of day
: the time of day when the sky is light
: the time of day when sunlight first begins to appear


day·​light | \ ˈdā-ˌlīt How to pronounce daylight (audio) \

Kids Definition of daylight

1 : the light of day
2 : daytime They travel only during daylight.

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