sky·​light | \ ˈskī-ˌlīt How to pronounce skylight (audio) \

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

Examples of skylight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Port Authority has since spent at least $250,000 sealing the skylight and more than a year-and-a-half determining how to repair it. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Port Authority Passes Tight Budget After Revenue Declines Caused by Coronavirus," 17 Dec. 2020 An atrium, with skylight, serves as the entry to the main home, which is a striking mix of massive windows, tall ceilings, polished concrete floors, wood finishes and stone fireplaces. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Mountain compound of Slash Records founder Bob Biggs lists for $2 million," 4 Dec. 2020 From the ground, these modern planes look like flies zigzagging and double-looping against an enormous skylight—a feeling that stays with you until a black, stealthy F-117 fighter comes in low and silent over the hanger behind you. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "Chuck Yeager has died at 97, but the legacy of his record-breaking flight lives on," 8 Dec. 2020 To the left of the grand room is a new exhibit space that features a skylight in its center and toward the back of the expansion is a full kitchen for catering events and another small space for meetings, programming and conferences. Steven Goode,, "Webb-Deane-Stevens visitors center nears completion as COVID-19 shutdown looms," 21 Nov. 2020 Within seconds, the lights went out, the skylight above was sucked up and out into the night and the sound of crashing trees filled the air. Richard A. Marini,, "Horsepuppy a friendly horse who’s become the unofficial mascot of the Northwood neighborhood — even after taking flight in a tornado," 10 Nov. 2020 Working closely with the architect Philip Johnson, Rothko modeled the chapel’s interior on the dimensions of this studio and insisted on a similar skylight, over Johnson’s objections. Hilarie Sheets, ELLE Decor, "The New-and-Improved Rothko Chapel Shines a Fresh Light on the Art," 30 Oct. 2020 From day one, ever since the chapel opened in 1971, the skylight had to be covered, most recently with a looming black baffle. Hilarie Sheets, ELLE Decor, "The New-and-Improved Rothko Chapel Shines a Fresh Light on the Art," 30 Oct. 2020 D’Angiviller also renovated the Grande Galerie itself, envisioning a huge iron-and-glass skylight that would illuminate the arriving pictures. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "In Love with the Louvre," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of skylight

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of skylight was in 1632

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“Skylight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce skylight (audio) \

Kids Definition of skylight

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

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