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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After that, painting trees with a whitewash has a far greater impact on protecting from sunlight and also low temperatures than wrapping or piling soil around the trunks, which some folks still recommend. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Trees can get sunburned and overheated, too. Here's how to protect them," 27 Aug. 2019 In order to trigger the polymer’s undoing on command, the researchers mixed in a compound that becomes acidic in the presence of sunlight and then attacks PPHA bonds. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "Disappearing Plastics Stay Strong in the Shadows and Melt Away in the Sun," 26 Aug. 2019 The ideal location is morning sunlight and some afternoon shade. Stan Davidson,, "Spice up your landscape with Curcuma," 22 Aug. 2019 From our drop-top Jeep, the ocean looks like a disco ball, with glints of sunlight and the toothy snarls of demigod surfers and their girls (or demigoddess surfers and their dudes). Chris Erskinecolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Have a California moment at Neptune’s Net, a landmark seafood shack in Malibu," 8 Aug. 2019 The light comes from sunlight and reflections off the moon's surface, the astronauts' suits and the lunar module. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong put a flag on the moon. Here's what you can and can't see in the iconic photo," 19 July 2019 Made of water and CO2, researchers believe some sections of the ice act as a solid state greenhouse, allowing sunlight through and trapping heat underneath. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "This Material May Make Human Habitation on Mars Possible," 18 July 2019 There’s a desire to mix tall buildings and shorter ones as a way to let sunlight in and keep the agglomeration of new buildings from overwhelming all of us down below. John King,, "Chiseled glass tower offers window into SF’s contradictions," 18 July 2019 Clerestory windows wash the interiors with sunlight and frame the tops of neighborhood palm trees. Emily Young,, "An overcrowded 1950s bungalow morphs into a sleek, spacious refuge," 12 July 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


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