sun·​beam | \ ˈsən-ˌbēm How to pronounce sunbeam (audio) \

Definition of sunbeam

: a ray of sunlight

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Like so much of Montana, the unbound sky was bold and giant, rolling with storms, then cast with sunbeams and blue. Andrew Evans,, "Feel the pull of the prairie on a uniquely American safari in Montana," 5 July 2018 Errant beams of sunlight are a clichéd way of illuminating a hidden treasure, but that didn’t stop a California sunbeam from solving a 90-year-old mystery at the fabled Hearst Castle. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Sunshine Sheds Light on 17th-Century Mystery Painting At Hearst Castle," 14 Mar. 2018 Later, at school in a science class, the teacher showed us a glass prism that, when placed in a sunbeam, cast a little rainbow onto the desk. Staff,, "Comment here on court and crime stories for Sunday, March 11, 2018," 10 Nov. 2017 Then, as Mr Moscato leaves, a sunbeam suddenly lights up her apartment. The Economist, "Soul tradersDemand for exorcists is soaring in France," 20 July 2017 In one canvas, a columnar sunbeam floats against a white wall; in another, cars are faintly reflected in glass. Adam Gordon, The New Yorker, "Adam Gordon," 8 Apr. 2017 Then came an eruption of colors: vivid patterns of palm trees and sunbeams printed on stiffened, corrugated fabrics that Mr. Green said were inspired by the thought of venturing toward paradise. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "What You Need to Know From London Fashion Week Men’s," 13 June 2017 The supernova campaign serves as a reminder, whether comforting or terrifying, that humanity exists on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam, as Carl Sagan once wrote. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "People Are Turning to Outer Space for Relief From Trump News," 2 June 2017 Kirchheimer films the face of these cities with an ardor for details, a fervent love of beauty, of line, form, color—and of the bewitching random wonders of reflections and shadows, the passage of pedestrians and the glint of sunbeams. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "A Jewish-Refugee Filmmaker’s Urban American Vision," 3 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of sunbeam

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sunbeam

: a ray of sunlight


sun·​beam | \ ˈsən-ˌbēm How to pronounce sunbeam (audio) \

Kids Definition of sunbeam

: a ray of sunlight

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