Definition of solar
1 : of, derived from, relating to, or caused by the sun
2 : measured by the earth's course in relation to the sun a solar year; also : relating to or reckoned by solar time
3a : produced or operated by the action of the sun's light or heat solar energyb : utilizing the sun's rays especially to produce heat or electricity a solar house; also : of or relating to such utilization solar design
Recent Examples of solar from the Web
But, most important, Clinton seems to be benefiting from a rare confluence—the political equivalent of a solar eclipse.
The broadcast marked the first time a human being had intentionally transmitted a message targeting another solar system.
The first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the U.S. in 99 years has heightened anticipation and excitement in small, rural towns of southwestern Kentucky.
At least once a week, Hauter takes a day off from his job as a project leader and software manager at Venator Solutions to help install rooftop solar panels on homes all over San Diego County.
Energy Alabama analyzed the Media Fusion building for energy saving possibilities and recommended solar panels for its flat roof.
After building their solar contraptions, the campers staged a friendly competition on the Science Plaza next to FPL’s Solar Trees.
The eclipse in August will be the first total solar eclipse over the 48 contiguous states since 1979.
Today, the U.S. Postal Service issued the first-of-a-kind Forever stamp that transforms from an image of the upcoming solar eclipse to the moon just from the heat of your finger.
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Origin and Etymology of solar
Middle English, from Latin solaris, from sol sun; akin to Old English & Old Norse sōl sun, Lithuanian saulė, Greek hēlios
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
SOLAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of solar for English Language Learners
: of or relating to the sun
: produced by or using the sun's light or heat
SOLAR Defined for Kids
Definition of solar for Students
1 : of or relating to the sun a solar eclipse
2 : measured by the earth's course around the sun a solar year
3 : produced or made to work by the action of the sun's light or heat solar energy
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