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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Take a spin on the SkyStar Observation Wheel and get some great views of the Louisville skyline and Ohio river. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "Outside Magazine loves our Waterfront Park. Here's why it's so awesome," 9 July 2018 The official trailer for Creed II’s dropped this morning, featuring shots of the Philadelphia skyline and Laurel Hill Cemetery (where Rocky paramour Adrian is buried). Claire Wolters,, "Watch: First trailer for 'Creed II' released," 20 June 2018 The apartments will include studio, one- and two-bedroom units, with amenities such as a gym, pool with sun deck overlooking the skyline and bike storage. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Hundreds of new apartments are under construction near Bank of America Stadium | Charlotte Observer," 14 May 2018 The new location revels in its place on the map, offering up stunning views of the downtown Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay from the open-air top floors. Richard Tribou,, "Explore Florida's Miami-Dade County: A new science center," 6 May 2018 Also, room windows actually open, even on upper floors, and offer views of Seoul's surrounding skyline and mountains. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best New Hotels in Asia," 1 May 2018 As yet, therefore, his opinion of the New York skyline and other local sights is unknown. Greg Daugherty, Smithsonian, "When Don the Talking Dog Took the Nation by Storm," 23 Apr. 2018 Oakland’s propensity for transforming its landscape, skyline and demographics with confounding speed has always made the history of the city an intriguing subject to study and share. Otis R. Taylor Jr., San Francisco Chronicle, "Learn about Oakland’s economic divide today by peering into the past," 15 Apr. 2018 The latter was especially touching when followed by architect I.M. Pei’s soaring atrium space with views out to the water, the Boston skyline and the slain president’s beloved boat. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 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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