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
Plus, compared to 2015, wind saw a 10.8 percent increase while solar jumped 31.5 percent.
Every 18 months or so, the orbits of the sun, moon and Earth align for a total solar eclipse.
First, a note on the emotions of getting a full view of the solar eclipse on Aug. 21: Don’t fret.
On July 23rd 2012 particles from a much larger solar ejection blew across the orbital path of Earth, missing it by days.
The last time a total solar eclipse spanned the contiguous United States was in 1918.
The models suggest that these warming ocean regions may lead to a decrease in reflective cloud cover in the future, allowing more solar radiation to make it through the atmosphere to Earth's surface.
Lucas Reilly | Mental Floss | June 30, 2017 | 27 minutes (6,823 words) Hopkinsville sits 11 miles from where the sun, moon, and earth will form a straight line during this summer’s total solar eclipse.
But, most important, Clinton seems to be benefiting from a rare confluence—the political equivalent of a solar eclipse.
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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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