sky·​light | \ˈskī-ˌlīt \

Definition of skylight 

1 : the diffused and reflected light of the sky

2 : an opening in a house roof or ship's deck that is covered with translucent or transparent material and that is designed to admit light

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Jones didn’t want to waste the light coming in from the skylight by trapping it with an opaque material. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Coolest homes: 10 unique modern homes featured on azcentral," 21 June 2018 Inside, the curved stairway designed by Charles A. Platt swirls giddily out into the foyer before drawing the eyes up, up, up in a spiral to the glowing green Tiffany skylight. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "The Walters' renovated Mount Vernon mansion is a work of art in itself," 15 June 2018 There are four bedrooms on the opposite end of house below the skylights. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Striking mountain home frames stunning views of the Himalayas," 26 Apr. 2018 In images of the lunar surface, these openings don't quite look like craters caused by impacts: the skylights don't have rims. Meghan Bartels, Newsweek, "NASA Finds Lava Tubes Near Moon's North Pole That May be Passageways to Hidden Water," 12 Jan. 2018 Don't miss: Ribbon skylights that draw light into the stairwell and master bathroom in the middle of the home. Janet Eastman,, "Step inside Portland's famous modern homes (photos)," 14 May 2018 The panels, measuring 4-by-8 feet and bigger, get turned into all kinds of products, including skylights, hockey rinks, shower doors, greenhouses, store signs, patio tables, boxes to protect museum pieces and bullet-resistant bank teller windows. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Q&A: Plastic sheet distributor’s products take center stage," 29 Mar. 2018 Its profusion of windows, skylights and tubes designed to bring sunlight deep into building interiors bathe the facility in gentle natural light. Ken Wells, WSJ, "More Buildings Are Going Green. Literally.," 26 June 2018 The above article ended with: Photograph and Photo-engraving Establishment – 3200 square feet: brilliantly lighted from twenty-two windows and three skylights: divided into suitable sub-departments, all fully equipped with the best modern devices. Scott Harrison,, "From the Archives: 1912 Los Angeles Times composing room," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of skylight

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of skylight

: a window in the roof of a house or on a ship's deck


sky·​light | \ˈskī-ˌlīt \

Kids Definition of skylight

: a window or group of windows in a roof or ceiling

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