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

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The first is an elegant space that's a testament to Hadid's impact on Miami’s skyline. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Tour Stunning Residences Inside Zaha Hadid's One Thousand Museum," 13 June 2019 Not everybody is going to be able to afford the rents at 727 West Madison, of course, but the building gives something to the cityscape, both on the skyline and along the street. Blair Kamin,, "A new oval apartment tower breaks out of the box and brightens downtown’s western edge," 12 June 2019 Birmingham is among the first U.S. cities getting a look at BBVA’s new brand - stamped on the city’s skyline. William Thornton |,, "New day for BBVA: Bank’s global brand strategy launches," 10 June 2019 Beyond the huge cairn, views of the San Francisco Peaks stand out on the northeast skyline. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "You'll probably have the summit to yourself on this shady summer hike," 7 June 2019 The fireworks display over the New York skyline will feature more than 70,000 shells and effects. Hal Boedeker,, "July 4: How will Trump’s ‘show of a lifetime’ fare?," 2 July 2019 So, well before the rockets illuminate the skyline and TV screens across the country, a team of pyrotechnicians spent months testing fireworks in a desert in California. Jake Michaels, New York Times, "The Crazy Planning for the Macy’s Fireworks Show Begins in the California Desert," 2 July 2019 This is the out-of-whack state of the city right now — cranes redrawing the skyline while the social fabric ruptures at our feet. Steve Lopez,, "Meth addiction is an epidemic, and it’s complicating the homeless relief effort," 29 June 2019 From the Shard, the tallest building in the European Union, the view is of a crowded skyline of fellow concept skyscrapers. The Economist, "London’s reign as the world’s capital of capital is at risk," 29 June 2019

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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 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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