solar

adjective

so·​lar ˈsō-lər How to pronounce solar (audio)
-ˌlär
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
3
a
: 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 By comparison, wind and solar together were around 36% of capacity at the end of 2023, and coal was just under 40%. John Kemp, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Feb. 2024 Over the same period, wind and solar capacity rose by 33.5 GW. Andrew Puzder, National Review, 5 Feb. 2024 Aerosols create a sort of floating shadow, one that, depending on their color, composition, and particle size can either absorb incoming solar energy—thus exacerbating global warming—or reflect it back to space, thus lowering the thermometer. TIME, 5 Feb. 2024 Sammy Roth: Biden’s Western solar plan sounds scary. Anthony De Leon, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2024 Caucasians and those of lighter skin types — blond or red hair and light eyes, especially — are more likely to burn than tan under solar radiation, while those of darker skin type are more likely to tan without risk of burn. Keyvan Nouri, M.d., Jessica Cervantes and John Tsatalis, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The project, for example, plans to power its processing of natural gas with a gas and steam turbine, as well as solar energy, according to the company. Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024 And while the Inflation Reduction Act contains hundreds of billions of dollars in tax credits for renewable-energy projects, expanding the production of wind and solar power and switching to electric vehicles are only part of the solution. Michael Holtz, The New Yorker, 26 Jan. 2024 Batteries are considered crucial because wind and solar production onto the grid is intermittent. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Solar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solar. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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solar

adjective
so·​lar ˈsō-lər How to pronounce solar (audio)
-ˌlär
1
: of, derived from, relating to, or caused by the sun
2
: measured by the earth's course in relation to the sun
solar time
solar year
3
a
: produced or operated by the action of the sun's light or heat
solar energy
b
: using the sun's rays especially to produce heat or electricity
a solar house
Etymology

Middle English solar "derived from or related to the sun," from Latin solaris (same meaning), from sol "sun" — related to sunday see Word History at sunday

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