sun·​rise | \ˈsən-ˌrīz \

Definition of sunrise 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the apparent rising of the sun above the horizon also : the accompanying atmospheric effects

2 : the time when the upper limb of the sun appears above the horizon as a result of the diurnal rotation of the earth


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Sun·​rise | \ˈsən-ˌrīz \

Definition of Sunrise (Entry 2 of 2)

city in southeastern Florida west of Fort Lauderdale population 84,439

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Synonyms & Antonyms for sunrise

Synonyms: Noun

aurora, cockcrow, dawn, dawning, day, daybreak, daylight, light, morn, morning, sun, sunup

Antonyms: Noun

nightfall, sundown, sunset

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Examples of sunrise in a Sentence


We were up before sunrise. We worked from sunrise to sunset. We watched the sunrise from the beach. the pink light of sunrise
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Flight 4 On launch days in the Pacific, the engineers on the Kwaj woke up well before sunrise. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Inside the eight desperate weeks that saved SpaceX from ruin," 21 Sep. 2018 Seattle firefighters battled a blaze in a town house under construction in Fremont early Thursday, bringing it under control shortly before sunrise. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Fire in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood damages town houses under construction," 13 Sep. 2018 While there is definitely a lot of old money parked in the island’s clifftop estates, this is still very much a place where locals greet each other by first name, where fisherman sail out before sunrise to pull up their lobster traps. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "This Maine Island Might Be the Most Beautiful Spot in New England," 22 Aug. 2018 This cousin to the happy lamp produces an artificial sunrise meant to naturally and gradually pull you out of your slumber. Elizabeth Taufield, Vogue, "Seasonal Depression No More! Happy Lamps to Cure Your Blues," 8 Oct. 2018 Do Angkor Wat right First rule: Forget sunrise at the Angkor Wat complex. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 About Boise Parks ▪ All Boise parks and the Greenbelt are open sunrise to sunset daily. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Boise parks guide: What's new, what's coming, where to picnic | Idaho Statesman," 21 May 2018 The first fire occurred just before sunrise near the area of Apache Trail and Meridian Road, according to the Superstition Fire and Medical District. Alejandro Barahona, azcentral, "2 mobile homes destroyed in separate Apache Junction fires," 19 Apr. 2018 And in eastern Asia, Australia and parts of the western Pacific, the eclipse will be visible as the moon sets, in the early morning hours before sunrise on July 28. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Total lunar eclipse will turn the moon blood red later this month," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of sunrise


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sunrise was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of sunrise

: the time when the sun appears above the horizon in the morning : dawn or daybreak

: the colors that are in the sky when the sun slowly appears above the horizon


sun·​rise | \ˈsən-ˌrīz \

Kids Definition of sunrise

1 : the apparent rise of the sun above the horizon

2 : the light and color of the rise of the sun above the horizon

3 : the time at which the sun rises

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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