sky

noun
\ ˈskī How to pronounce sky (audio) \
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

The National Weather Service forecasts mostly calm skies today with only a 20% chance of rain. Mike Rose, cleveland.com, "Today’s forecast: Slight chance of rain," 18 June 2019 Mostly sunny skies should prevail Saturday with low humidity and highs ranging from the lower to middle 80s. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Another round of storms likely later today; continued warm and muggy through Thursday," 18 June 2019 The chance of rain goes from 60 percent on Tuesday to 20 percent on Wednesday, which is expected to bring mostly sunny skies with a high near 83 degrees and a low near 56. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Heavy rain, small hail in higher terrain expected," 18 June 2019 Pennsyvania's Cherry Springs State Park, designated by the International Dark Sky Association as a dark sky park, offers stunning views of the galaxy’s nucleus as one of the world’s best places for stargazing. National Geographic, "Electrifying places to visit if you love science," 17 June 2019 The crystal blue sky over Orange County soon filled with a parade of choppers. Richard Winton, latimes.com, "This news chopper crew spotted O.J. Simpson’s white Bronco, and the chase was on," 17 June 2019 Even under gloomy afternoon skies, the Jubilee was joyful, a moment for Detroiters old and young to support one another and learn together about a powerful history. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Juneteenth Jubilee brings black-history education, celebration," 15 June 2019 The course has been playing soft all week, moist from a rainy spring and kept damp by the combination of low winds and overcast skies. Brian Costa, WSJ, "What to Watch For at the U.S. Open This Weekend," 15 June 2019 In addition to the strawberry moon, the brightest planet in the evening sky will be Jupiter. Leigh Morgan, al.com, "Strawberry Moon 2019: When can you see it best?," 15 June 2019

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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sky

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sky

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

sky

noun
\ ˈskī How to pronounce sky (audio) \
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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