\ 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


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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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 Designs also call for a striking, two-story open and columned sky lounge at the midrise 21st and 22nd floors and a private terrace on the rooftop, near the tower’s luxury residences. The Salt Lake Tribune, "It’s high time for Salt Lake City. Here’s how the skyline will rise in 2021.," 17 Jan. 2021 Somehow, the mid-morning night sky was no longer fascinating but claustrophobic. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska can taunt you with darkness and bad weather — but for so many of us, we can’t quit it," 16 Jan. 2021 At nightfall, the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen is easy to recognize in the northern sky, either in the evening or before dawn. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, "Avoid Ice-Related Slip and Fall Injuries," 16 Jan. 2021 That allowed the rising sun to pour its rays into the sky unobstructed from the east, the sunlight then catching on the patchwork of upper-level clouds above. Washington Post, "A magnificent sunrise marks January’s midpoint in D.C.," 15 Jan. 2021 The Belgian couture has also the grayness of their sky. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Sébastien Meunier on His 2005 “Homme-Sandwich” Collection and How Menswear Is Changing," 15 Jan. 2021 Yggdrasill is the giant ash tree that supports the Norse cosmos, its branches reaching into sky realms inaccessible to humans, and its roots to the subterranean realm of the dead. Tom Birkett, Quartz, "The history behind ‘QAnon shaman’ Jake Angeli’s far-right tattoos," 13 Jan. 2021 The latest drone with a buzz: Sony's Airpeak drone, which promises to be an eye-in-the-sky for filmmakers. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Sony unveils new Airpeak drone at CES 2021. The small unmanned aerial vehicle shoots 4K movie videos from above," 12 Jan. 2021 This effectively turned it into a flying tripod in the sky, which made for some truly remarkable shots. Brent Rose, Popular Mechanics, "This Changed Everything: DJI’s Phantom Drone," 12 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When Sims is right, his threat as a roll man and ability to sky for rebounds is a tremendous asset for a Texas team light on bigs. Nick Moyle,, "Texas needs Jericho Sims to shake off early struggles," 8 Dec. 2020 The newsroom was an expansive space, with tiny horizontal windows near the ceiling; only the tallest could see anything but sky through them. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Remembering Sherry Simpson and her gift of keen observation," 21 Nov. 2020 Several times against Texas Tech, Red Raider receivers were able to sky above Texas defensive backs to make plays on deep passes. Marcus Krum, Dallas News, "Texas DC Chris Ash never saw Longhorns’ poor tackling performance against Texas Tech coming," 30 Sep. 2020 And with stress levels sky high, many people lost their main go-to coping skills as gyms were closed and coffee with friends was no longer an option. NBC News, "The 5 biggest challenges couples are going through during this uncertain time," 23 Sep. 2020 The big gains in the stocks of electric vehicle makers have pushed their market values sky high, alarming some analysts. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why shares of Tesla, NIO, and other electric vehicle makers are skyrocketing," 6 July 2020 But with meat shortages raising prices sky high, running a sandwich shop during the coronavirus crisis just didn’t pencil out. oregonlive, "These Portland restaurants reinvented themselves to survive coronavirus pandemic," 3 June 2020 The Brazilians then defeated Italy on penalty kicks, Romario converting and Baggio skying Italy’s last attempt, in the final at the Rose Bowl. Frank Dell’apa,, "DaMarcus Beasley: Revolution’s Bruce Arena ‘one of the best coaches, period’," 2 July 2019 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

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

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22 Jan 2021

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“Sky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce sky (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sky

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


\ 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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