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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In their natural habitat, where temperatures regularly soar into the triple digits, their white coats keep them cool in the harsh sunlight. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "New Artificial Insemination Technique Successfully Breeds Critically Endangered Scimitar-Horned Oryx," 10 July 2018 What fed and sustained Miss Brodie was the sunlight of the adoring gaze. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Women Set London’s Stages Ablaze," 9 July 2018 The company has reached efficiencies of 7% with windows that absorb half of the incident sunlight that hits them, visible light included. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Skyscrapers could soon generate their own power, thanks to see-through solar cells," 28 June 2018 By contrast, the Southern Hemisphere receives the most sunlight in mid-December. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "A guide to summer solstice, from Stonehenge to the earth's tilt," 21 June 2018 Over about a week, Opportunity measured the dust levels increasing dramatically, and the sunlight hitting the rover dropped to nearly zero. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Mars Dust Storm Goes Global, Covers Curiosity Rover," 21 June 2018 The team documented how hot surfaces could get once the sunlight went through the windows. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Even in the shade, hot cars can quickly become lethal for children, study shows," 20 June 2018 During the day, the plastic box is closed so that the sunlight goes through the plastic, heats everything up, and forces the water out of the MOF. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Scientists are harvesting water by building fog harps and zapping the air," 8 June 2018 Inside, the late-morning sunlight illuminated the room. Susannah Breslin, The Atlantic, "Porn’s Uncanny Valley," 1 June 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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