sunbeam

noun

sun·​beam ˈsən-ˌbēm How to pronounce sunbeam (audio)
: a ray of sunlight

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For every sunbeam of humanity Fraser lets shine through this soul, the film summons a half-dozen dark clouds to try and dampen it. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 9 Dec. 2022 Earth, seen as the faint dot in a sunbeam, is 4 billion miles away in this image from Voyager 1. Shannon Stirone, Discover Magazine, 14 Feb. 2017 The air- craft-grade aluminum handle is engraved with a sunbeam line that is not only artsy, but also improves grip and functionality. Outside Online, 27 Aug. 2021 For that occasion: An attention-grabbing sunbeam-yellow dress. André-naquian Wheeler, Vogue, 6 July 2022 If, after unfurling, pinholes on all five Kapton layers were to line up, this would let a sunbeam through, heating the optics. Quanta Magazine, 3 Dec. 2021 While a pastor spoke during Yong Ae Yue's funeral Friday, a sunbeam came through the window and shone upon Yue's two sons, a sure sign their mother was watching, one of them said. Kate Brumback, ajc, 27 Mar. 2021 While a pastor spoke during Yong Ae Yue's funeral Friday, a sunbeam came through the window and shone upon Yue's two sons, a sure sign their mother was watching, one of them said. Kate Brumback, ajc, 27 Mar. 2021 While a pastor spoke during Yong Ae Yue's funeral Friday, a sunbeam came through the window and shone upon Yue's two sons, a sure sign their mother was watching, one of them said. Kate Brumback, ajc, 27 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sunbeam was before the 12th century

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“Sunbeam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sunbeam. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

sunbeam

noun
sun·​beam -ˌbēm How to pronounce sunbeam (audio)
: a ray of sunlight

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