sun

noun
\ ˈsən How to pronounce sun (audio) \

Definition of sun

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a often capitalized : the luminous celestial body around which the earth and other planets revolve, from which they receive heat and light, which is composed mainly of hydrogen and helium, and which has a mean distance from earth of about 93,000,000 miles (150,000,000 kilometers), a linear diameter of 864,000 miles (1,390,000 kilometers), and a mass 332,000 times greater than earth
b : a celestial body like the sun : star
2 : the heat or light radiated from the sun played in the sun all day
3 : one resembling the sun (as in warmth or brilliance)
4 : the rising or setting of the sun from sun to sun
in the sun
: in the public eye
under the sun
: in the world : on earth

sun

verb
sunned; sunning

Definition of sun (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to expose to or as if to the rays of the sun

intransitive verb

: to sun oneself

Definition of Sun (Entry 3 of 3)

Sunday

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Synonyms for sun

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of sun in a Sentence

Noun The rain has stopped and the sun is shining. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. the warmth of the sun's rays They dream of traveling to distant suns. Try to keep out of the sun. The cat lay basking in the sun. Verb People sunned themselves on the hillside.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Considering temperatures in the states ae only rising, this is the perfect season to go on a quick getaway to soak up the sun. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Here's How Lori Harvey And Friends Travel In Style," 14 Jan. 2020 No matter the season, bring layers to take on Telluride’s many activities and to stay comfortable in the Colorado sun, snow, and cool evenings. Dallas News, "What To Pack -- A Telluride Seasonal Guide," 14 Jan. 2020 Portland experienced the gamut of weather Tuesday morning, from snow to rain to sun, and forecasters say residents can expect more of the same, with cold rain and periodic snow. oregonlive, "Portland snow forecast: Sporadic snow; accumulation unlikely for Wednesday commute," 14 Jan. 2020 Once completed, the buildings are like towering greenhouses, incredibly expensive to keep cool when sun streams through their windows. Kate Wagner, The New Republic, "A Clear Menace," 14 Jan. 2020 With a sun-protecting cover, feet stirrups, numerous pockets, insulated bottle pack, and diaper-changing pad, this carrier hits all the right features and notes. Popular Science, "Keep your baby close with these snug and secure carriers," 14 Jan. 2020 Until the sun consumes itself and all living things! Brian Agler, The New Yorker, "You Will Never Escape This Fancy Food Hall," 14 Jan. 2020 Not long after the Arctic sun set for the final time last year, a ferocious storm descended on the isolated, icebound crew of the research vessel Polarstern. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Voyagers to the ‘epicenter of global warming’ struggle with storms, polar bears and thin ice," 13 Jan. 2020 The fading sun on a late winter afternoon guides a driver past the bare cornfields and through the one-blinking caution light town of Letts. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "The school is small. The wins are big. The pace is fast. The coach baptized the point guard.," 9 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Others slowly emerged from the water to sun themselves. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Making friends at pond in Escondido’s Kit Carson Park," 12 Oct. 2019 More than 60 could be seen sunning themselves Thursday morning from the El Rio Trail, a trail popular for biking, jogging and walking. sun-sentinel.com, "Iguana convention: More than 60 spotted at South Florida bridge," 29 Nov. 2019 Gorgeous odalisks sunning themselves on a Malibu beach or hiking the Himalayas. Catherine Texier, Longreads, "I’m 72. So What?," 24 Oct. 2019 Following his sending off in last week's loss to Sociedad, Jesus Vallejo will not be involved in Sunday's clash, and may already be sunning himself on an exotic beach somewhere. SI.com, "Real Madrid vs Real Betis Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 17 May 2019 Spot fire-red Sally Lightfoot crabs sunning themselves on rocks alongside spiky marine iguanas. National Geographic, "Ecuador and the Galápagos Middle School Expedition," 10 Sep. 2019 The first alligator was found sunning itself on a trail near the Monongahela River. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "‘We Don’t Need Alligators in Pittsburgh’: Spate of Reptile Escapes Confounds Police," 19 June 2019 Peer into a coastal canal for up-close views of sharks, and go tide pooling to spot fire-red Sally Lightfoot crabs sunning on the rocks alongside spiky marine iguanas. National Geographic, "Ecuador and the Galápagos Expedition: Biodiversity Hotspot," 10 Sep. 2019 Peer into a coastal canal for up-close views of sharks, and go tide pooling to spot fire-red Sally Lightfoot crabs sunning on the rocks alongside spiky marine iguanas. National Geographic, "Ecuador and the Galápagos Expedition: Biodiversity Hotspot," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sun

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for sun

Noun

Middle English sunne, from Old English; akin to Old High German sunna sun, Latin sol — more at solar

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Time Traveler for sun

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The first known use of sun was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sun.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sun. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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sun

noun
How to pronounce Sun (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the star that the Earth moves around and that gives the Earth heat and light
: any star that has planets which move around it
: the heat or light produced by the sun : sunshine or sunlight

sun

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sun (Entry 2 of 2)

: to sit or lie in the light of the sun especially in order to make your skin darker

sun

noun
\ ˈsən How to pronounce sun (audio) \

Kids Definition of sun

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the heavenly body in our solar system whose light makes our day and around which the planets revolve
2 : sunshine sense 1 I'm going outside to get some sun.
3 : a heavenly body like our sun

sun

verb
sunned; sunning

Kids Definition of sun (Entry 2 of 3)

: to expose to or lie or sit in the rays of the sun

Kids Definition of Sun.

Sunday

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