sky·line | \ ˈskī-ˌlīn \

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

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That's a sweeping shot of the skyline and the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge. Carol Motsinger,, "Watch: Bruce Willis gets into a gunfight on the Roebling Bridge in new 'Reprisal' trailer," 21 June 2018 There were trees and grass all around them, and sometimes a clump of skyline would come into view. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 Skyscrapers were asked to keep their lights on at night to present a more dazzling skyline, and bouquets of tropical flowers decorated the 60 old cannons at Fort Siloso, near where the two leaders will meet on Sentosa Island, in honor of the summit. Victoria Kim,, "Kim arrives in Singapore for historic meeting with Trump, 'unknown territory' in the world of diplomacy," 10 June 2018 The unexpected expanse of green is a draw, thanks to its impressive views of the skyline and the Hollywood Reservoir—even the ocean on clear days. Casey Schreiner, Los Angeles Magazine, "How to Upgrade Your Pup’s Dog Park Experience in L.A.," 29 May 2018 The o in its logo is a lens, and above the company’s name is an outline of a skyline in which the Statue of Liberty sprouts from the middle of a block of suburban houses and urban buildings. Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Intelligencer, "What Hope Hicks Knows," 18 Mar. 2018 The 40-seat lush and mysterious bar features Scotch-centric cocktails and overlooks parts of the skyline. Eric Risberg, sacbee, "Night scenes from San Francisco’s Chinatown | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Jan. 2018 The 21C Museum Hotel also just opened their latest contemporary art-space slash boutique hotel a few blocks off Broadway in May. Tip: Book one of the top floor suites for an epic view of the skyline from your own personal terrace. Lyndsey Matthews, Marie Claire, "Weekend Trip Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink in Nashville," 9 June 2017 The Adolphus, Dallas, Texas Swim in a pool seven stories high, surrounded by Dallas's beautiful skyline at The Adolphus. Jenna Gottlieb, Vogue, "The Hottest Hotel Pools to Cool Down In This Summer," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of skyline

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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