\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


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 & Antonyms for sky

Synonyms: Noun

above, bliss, Elysium, heaven, kingdom come, paradise, Zion (also Sion)

Antonyms: Noun

Gehenna, hell, Pandemonium, perdition

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Examples of sky in a Sentence


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

So open the windows, air out old grievances, and commit to the castles in the sky that are yours for the keeping. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes July 16-22," 13 July 2018 According to research published Thursday in the journal Science, IceCube sent out alerts to more than a dozen observatories around the globe, directing their attention to the region in the sky where the neutrino was thought to have originated. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "Neutrino demonstration heralds a new way of observing the cosmos," 12 July 2018 Mars in view As the Earth moves between the sun and Mars on July 30, the red planet will be at the opposite end of the sky from the sun, an occurrence called opposition. Jesse Hamlin,, "Musicians to celebrate Mel Martin’s legacy; Sally Field among City Art & Lecture speakers," 11 July 2018 Unless rain is actually coming out of the sky onto the stage at show time, the show will take place. Courant Community, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 10 July 2018 At this point, the only injury more Georgia than the ones Fromm already has suffered involves a Dale Murphy–signed bat falling out of the sky. Andy Staples,, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 July 2018 On Sunday, a square of sky could be seen between the porch’s three walls, which remained fixed to the house. Matthew Ormseth,, "After Porch Collapse In Hartford, Neighbors Ask 'What Else Is Going To Fall?'," 8 July 2018 But onto the upper film Of supple, silky snow The blush, breaks and bleeds The purity of the skyThat has landed unscathed Betrayal is like the ignoramus of a leech Amber McCrary is Diné zinester, feminist and writer. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Poetry spot: 'Raspberries do not blush in the sky' by Amber McCrary," 28 June 2018 The pyrotechnics are concentrated in a small part of the sky for maximum effect, and the show lasts 18 minutes. Jenna Scherer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best 4th of July Fireworks in the USA," 27 June 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,, "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,, "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., "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,, "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,, "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,, "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,, "Sky Keeps the Focus on Earnings Amid Fox Takeover Suspense," 27 July 2017

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First Known Use of sky


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1802, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for sky


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

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English Language Learners Definition of sky

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


\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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a state of commotion or excitement

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