solar

adjective
so·​lar | \ ˈsō-lər How to pronounce solar (audio) , -ˌlär \

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 energy
b : utilizing the sun's rays especially to produce heat or electricity a solar house also : of or relating to such utilization solar design

Examples of solar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stabenow's office said that could include manufacturers making batteries for electric and electric-hybrid vehicles, semiconductor chips and components for solar panels or wind turbines. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Stabenow, Manchin want $8 billion in tax credits for advanced energy projects," 2 Mar. 2021 Rubins and Glover tackled the struts for the first two solar panels, due to launch in June. Marcia Dunn, orlandosentinel.com, "Spacewalking astronauts prep International Space Station for new solar wings," 1 Mar. 2021 Spacewalking astronauts ventured out to install support frames for new high-efficiency solar panels arriving at the International Space Station later this year. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: Reasons for optimism, caution in COVID-19 fight," 1 Mar. 2021 The eight solar panels up there now are 12 to 20 years old — most of them past their design lifetime and deteriorating. Fox News, "Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new solar wings," 1 Mar. 2021 Jernigan was also asked about special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry’s comment suggesting that people laid off in the fossil fuel industry should find jobs making solar panels. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Pipeline worker says Biden administration has taken his livelihood after spending his 'whole life learning this craft'," 1 Mar. 2021 Rubins and Glover tackled the struts for the first two solar panels, due to launch in June. Marcia Dunn, Chron, "Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new solar wings," 28 Feb. 2021 Smart systems have also been implemented to control hotel waste management while solar panels are used to power a domestic hot water system. Michele Herrmann, Forbes, "Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island Opens To The Public," 28 Feb. 2021 Toki is self-sustainable, using rainwater collectors and solar panels. New York Times, "From Easter Island, a Pianist Emerges," 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of solar

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for solar

Middle English, from Latin solaris, from sol sun; akin to Old English & Old Norse sōl sun, Lithuanian saulė, Greek hēlios

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The first known use of solar was in the 15th century

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4 Mar 2021

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“Solar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solar. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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solar

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of solar

: of or relating to the sun
: produced by or using the sun's light or heat

solar

adjective
so·​lar | \ ˈsō-lər How to pronounce solar (audio) \

Kids Definition of solar

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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