sun·​light | \ ˈsən-ˌlīt \

Definition of sunlight

: the light of the sun : sunshine

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Synonyms for sunlight


sun, sunshine

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Examples of sunlight in a Sentence

Sunlight streamed through the windows. let's raise the shades and let in some sunlight

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Tattoos fade faster in spots that are often in direct sunlight. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "21 Things You Should Know Before Getting Your First Tattoo," 2 Aug. 2018 At this point, known as opposition, Mars is not only very close to Earth, but also bathed in direct sunlight from our perspective, making the Red Planet spectacularly bright. Eileen Reslen, Popular Mechanics, "Look Up! Mars Is Brighter This Month Than It Has Been in 15 Years," 20 July 2018 For one, the theory makes sense only in direct sunlight: in the shade, the lack of juxtaposition between hot black air and cool white air would preclude the formation of icy vortexes. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Settling a Heated Debate—Do Zebra Stripes Keep These Animals Cool?," 10 July 2018 The general rule is that a person can sweat roughly a quart of water every hour, and even more when hiking uphill or in direct sunlight. J. Harry Jones,, "Popular trails closed due to heat concerns," 5 July 2018 The room’s windows face another building, and the color makes up for the lack of direct sunlight, creating a warm glow in an otherwise dim space. Caroline Biggs, New York Times, "Living in Color," 22 June 2018 The car was parked in direct sunlight when Cumberland Mall security received a tip from a concerned citizen about the children’s welfare, according to the warrant. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Grandmother faces charges after leaving kids in hot car, cops say," 21 June 2018 Cover the dough and bowl with a plate, towel, or plastic wrap and set aside to rest at warm room temperature (but not in direct sunlight) for at least 12 hours and preferably about 18 hours, but no more than 23 hours. Alex Van Buren,, "Making No-Knead Bread Is So Much Easier Than You Think—and You’ll Use It in Meals All Week Long," 23 May 2018 The color's more of an off-white, which is a bit softer in direct sunlight — more cloudlike, according to the Times — than Behr's Ultra Pure shade. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "The Two Paint Colors Designer Leanne Ford Swears By," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of sunlight

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sunlight

: the light of the sun


sun·​light | \ ˈsən-ˌlīt \

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