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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Nearly identical to its predecessor, the high-rise will make a double icon out of what is already the most recognizable figure on the Basel skyline. Ian Volner, WSJ, "Swiss Architecture Firm Herzog & De Meuron Celebrates 40 Years," 4 Nov. 2018 Guests like Cameron Russell, Inez van Lamsweerde, and Vinoodh Matadin drank piña coladas and frozen mai tais (no straws in sight) as the sun set on the New York skyline. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Anja Rubik and Lucy Yeomans Make Conservation Chic With Porter’s Incredible Oceans Gala," 8 June 2018 Cranes bob and nod on the skyline; developers lure newcomers with glass towers, insipid apartment complexes, and the delights of future density. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "Downtown Nashville Is Supposed to Be the Model of the Walkable 21st-Century City. I’m Not So Sure.," 8 June 2018 Once putty-colored, the hotel is now a crisp white, born again—as a Texan might put it—on the evolving skyline. Stirling Kelso, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the New Line Austin Hotel," 4 June 2018 The TransAmerica sign, which sits on the skyline atop Baltimore’s tallest building, is a Gable creation. Colin Campbell,, "Five minutes with Paul Gable, founder of Gable Co., national signage firm," 18 May 2018 University of Alaska Museum of the North, Fairbanks, AK Designed to reflect the alpine ridges, rivers, and aurora lights of Alaska, this architectural gem stands out on Fairbanks’s skyline. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Amazing Art Museums in the West," 22 Jan. 2018 Sipary was named this year's derby winner Saturday afternoon at the end of the week-long derby at Ship Creek, where anglers battle with king salmon in the shadow of a downtown skyline. Bob Hallinen, Anchorage Daily News, "Photos: Final day of Anchorage’s annual Slam’n Salm’n Derby," 18 June 2018 Units have large windows full of sweeping lake scenes and the downtown skyline. Anne Nickoloff,, "The Shoreline offers serene views of Lake Erie: Apartment of the week," 2 May 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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to gather or build up little by little

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