daylight

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

Definition of daylight

1 : the light of day
2 : daytime
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for daylight

Synonyms

aurora, cockcrow, dawn, dawning, day, daybreak, light, morn, morning, sun, sunrise, sunup

Antonyms

nightfall, sundown, sunset

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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

Extend the daylight, and crimes, especially outdoor crimes like muggings, go down. Dan Nosowitz, Popular Mechanics, "Daylight Savings Time Is Actually a Good Thing," 4 Mar. 2019 Floor-to-ceiling windows pull in lots of natural daylight, at least in the summer. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Koto prefab cabins are the definition of sleek Scandinavian style," 5 Sep. 2018 Bring it out into the daylight, and the wedge looks absurd. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "Long live the wedge salad, America's silliest salad," 21 June 2018 In Big Spring, people have walked up to the double security fence in broad daylight, with no guard in sight, and tossed drugs, cellphones or other items to inmates. New York Times, "Safety Concerns Grow as Inmates Are Guarded by Teachers and Secretaries," 17 June 2018 Trapped in the left corner, Thompson tried to dribble to daylight, finding nothing but a mid-range turnaround that came up well short. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "The Warriors' Oldest Nemesis Returns With a Vengeance," 23 May 2018 By hiring such a high-profile Trump adviser, Pence is also sending a signal that there’s no daylight between him and his boss, despite some media chatter that the PAC could help further his own ambitions if Trump winds up not running again. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Corey Lewandowski joining Pence team, will focus on midterms and then 2020," 14 May 2018 Everyone’s package deliveries are stolen, in broad daylight, every time. latimes.com, "Nextdoor, where every neighborhood is under siege," 5 May 2018 People injecting themselves with drugs in broad daylight, their dirty needles and other garbage strewn on the sidewalks. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "Clean up San Francisco’s streets, tourist industry pleads," 17 Apr. 2018

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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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daylight

noun

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

daylight

noun
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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