sun·​light | \ ˈsən-ˌlīt How to pronounce sunlight (audio) \

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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Relatively more is known about the vibrant community of microorganisms that reside near the surface of the lakes, including those that use sunlight for energy. Tony Briscoe,, "Minuscule microbes wield enormous power over the Great Lakes. But many species remain a mystery.," 5 July 2019 Tall, full trees that block sunlight on the east and west sides of your home will limit heat gain inside. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Angie’s List: How to keep cool this summer without A/C," 28 June 2019 There is an optional solar panel ($49) that can keep the battery charged with just a few hours of sunlight per day. Dallas News, "The Ring Stick Up Cam Battery works with no wires at all," 27 June 2019 When the doors of 14 buses opened at Farmington’s Batterson Park, hundreds of children streamed into the sunlight and filled the air with the sounds of summer camp. Emily Brindley,, "Camp Courant begins 125th year of free summer camp for Hartford kids," 24 June 2019 Time is told by the rising up and rolling down of the sunlight on the cliffs, by the glimpse of Cassiopeia in the narrows turning around the polestar through the stardust of perfect clear September nights. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "Ramblin’ Man," 24 June 2019 Using a 26-foot Gemini North telescope, the team of scientists studied the reflected sunlight in infrared and determined what types of molecules made up the planet's atmosphere, the release said. The Washington Post,, "Planet Uranus smells of flatulence, rotten eggs, scientists say," 24 Apr. 2018 And unlike rocket fuel, there’s a free and practically unlimited supply of sunlight. Amy Thompson, Smithsonian, "LightSail 2 Launches to Space to Soar on the Power of Sunshine," 25 June 2019 Friday is summer solstice, when Anchorage will get more than 19 hours of sunlight. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Summer solstice is here again. It’s a special time of year for Alaskans.," 21 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce sunlight (audio) \

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