sky

noun
\ ˈskī \
plural skies

Definition of sky

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the upper atmosphere or expanse of space that constitutes an apparent great vault or arch over the earth
3a : weather in the upper atmosphere
b : climate temperate English skies— G. G. Coulton

sky

verb
skied or skyed; skying

Definition of sky (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 chiefly British : to throw or toss up : flip
2 : to hang (something, such as a painting) above the line of vision
3 : to hit (a ball) high into the air

intransitive verb

: to jump high sky for a rebound

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Synonyms for sky

Synonyms: Noun

blue, firmament, heaven(s), high, welkin

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Examples of sky in a Sentence

Noun

There wasn't a cloud in the sky. Dark clouds moved quickly across the sky. Hailstones suddenly fell out of the sky. The sun was high in the sky. The forecast is for sunny skies tomorrow. a patch of blue sky
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Video showing puffs of smoke erupting in the sky as the plane fell were consistent with an in-flight breakup rather than an in-flight fire aboard the plane, Cox said Witnesses described the plane as sounding like a missile or a racing motorcycle. John Antczak, The Seattle Times, "Police: Pilot in fatal California crash had fake records," 6 Feb. 2019 One Russian company has announced a plan to build gigantic billboards in space, lighting up the night sky with advertisements for companies like Coke, McDonald’s, and KFC. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Russian Startup Wants to Project Giant Billboards in Space," 18 Jan. 2019 Sometimes a comet will have more material in its tail to reflect sunlight and appear brightly in our night sky. Brian Resnick, Vox, "A comet is coming unusually close to Earth this weekend. Here’s how to watch.," 15 Dec. 2018 In many cases, this year's winners have also humanized things by placing the night sky in context, framed by other figures admiring it or nestled among familiar-looking landscapes. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Some good came out of 2018: Astronomy photos," 11 Nov. 2018 These preparations culminate on and for Diwali night, when many Indian cities are filled with their own hundreds of thousands of flickering lights, sourced from tiny clay oil lamps called diyas that collectively set the night sky ablaze. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Celebrating Diwali, in Light of the Midterms," 10 Nov. 2018 Catch this summer's night sky in full force in one of these perfectly dark locales This summer is slated to be a stellar one for stargazing. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "These Are the Best Stargazing Spots in North America," 13 July 2018 On July 10, a helicopter’s lights shone down on the town of Mae Sai, its whir breaking through the night sky. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will turn the moon blood red in the night sky later this month. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Total lunar eclipse will turn the moon blood red later this month," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Mason also had the highest hit pop-out of the day, skying the ball to short center field. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Power-hitter Sherron Collins slugs prodigious homers at Mason softball event," 16 June 2018 On two occasions Sterling got in free behind the back line only to sky his efforts over the bar. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "WATCH: Man United Puts Man City's EPL Title On Hold With Stunning Comeback," 7 Apr. 2018 Messi shouldered the blame for his team's failure to beat Iceland after skying a penalty kick that would have won the match and secured a top slot for the team. Julia Poe, SI.com, "How to Watch France vs Argentina: World Cup Live Stream, TV Channel, Time," 30 June 2018 Should Loftus-Cheek carry his impressive domestic form over to the World Cup this summer, his value could sky rocket, something that will worry Newcastle fans who are well aware of owner Mike Ashley's tendency to be frugal in the transfer market. SI.com, "Quartet of Premier League Clubs Reportedly Interested in Signing Young Chelsea Star This Summer," 30 May 2018 With two outs, Padres reliever Phil Maton got Bregman to sky a ball about 30 feet in front of the plate to the first base side. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Astros top Padres on walk-off pop-up after Bryan Mitchell shows why he's starting," 7 Apr. 2018 Junior center Trayvon Reed didn't start Wednesday, but the 7-foot-2 big man showed his athleticism getting up and down the court, and skying for a couple alley-oop dunks and multiple blocks. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Xavier basketball preps for start of NCAA Tournament run against Texas Southern," 15 Mar. 2018 And in the meantime, his price tag will continue to sky rocket, especially given the current market. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "Weekend Winners: Liverpool, Barcelona, Asensio Shine Before International Break," 28 Aug. 2017 The results come as investors weigh the likely success of the Fox deal, which if completed would offer a 10 percent yield to Sky’s current share price. Joe Mayes, Bloomberg.com, "Sky Keeps the Focus on Earnings Amid Fox Takeover Suspense," 27 July 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sky.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of sky

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1802, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for sky

Noun

Middle English, cloud, sky, from Old Norse skȳ cloud; akin to Old English scēo cloud

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The first known use of sky was in the 13th century

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sky

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sky

: the space over the Earth where the sun, moon, stars, and clouds appear

sky

noun
\ ˈskī \
plural skies

Kids Definition of sky

1 : the stretch of space over the earth
2 : weather entry 1, climate sunny skies

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