sky·​line | \ ˈskī-ˌlīn How to pronounce skyline (audio) \

Definition of skyline

1 : the apparent juncture of earth and sky : horizon
2 : an outline (as of buildings or a mountain range) against the background of the sky

Examples of skyline in a Sentence

the New York City skyline
Recent Examples on the Web The dust is responsible for the dense haze shrouding Houston's skyline in the photo below. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Saharan dust cloud cloaks U.S. Gulf Coast in choking haze," 26 June 2020 Take a walk around the Lakewood Nature Preserve with beautiful views of both Lake Erie and the city skyline. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "15 things to do in Cleveland this weekend," 25 June 2020 This tour has several great views of the skyline and the Ohio River. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "Guest TML: NFL manual of added safety protocols should be interesting," 25 June 2020 From its perch on the top floor, this three-bedroom waterfront condo overlooks waterways, Port Everglades, and the city skyline. TheWeek, "6 beautiful homes in Fort Lauderdale," 20 June 2020 While the high-rise glamour of modern Beijing dominates the skyline, the hutongs are the lifeblood of the city. Condé Nast Traveler, "Beyond the Basics: Beijing," 17 June 2020 Plus, Manhattan’s skyline takes on a cinematic silhouette at sunset, everything backlit golden. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal," 15 May 2020 Makarova is an artist and Bernal Heights resident who thought the rock, overlooking the San Francisco skyline, should say something regarding the current protests about police brutality and racial injustice. Heather Knight,, "Not everyone in SF is woke: ‘Black Lives Matter’ message on Bernal Heights’ rock keeps getting covered up," 8 June 2020 Tractors, forklifts and barrels at the construction site near Seventh Avenue and Lincoln Street caught flame and caused smoke plumes and explosions to drift over the Phoenix skyline, according to the Phoenix Fire Department. Helen Wieffering, azcentral, "Fire crews battle huge fire at construction site in downtown Phoenix," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of skyline

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Skyline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of skyline

: the outline of buildings, mountains, etc., against the background of the sky


sky·​line | \ ˈskī-ˌlīn How to pronounce skyline (audio) \

Kids Definition of skyline

1 : the line where earth and sky seem to meet : horizon
2 : an outline against the sky Tall buildings form the skyline of the city.

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