solar

adjective

so·​lar ˈsō-lər How to pronounce solar (audio)
-ˌlär
1
: of, derived from, relating to, or caused by the sun
2
: measured by the earth's course in relation to the sun
a solar year
also : relating to or reckoned by solar time
3
a
: produced or operated by the action of the sun's light or heat
solar energy
b
: utilizing the sun's rays especially to produce heat or electricity
a solar house
also : of or relating to such utilization
solar design

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The vote came during an intense heat wave, which saw state officials beg Californians to use less power during the hot evening hours — when solar panels and wind turbines stop generating — for a record 10 straight days. Sammy Rothstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2022 Economically, Beijing has long seen new green technologies as a pillar of China’s future, and the government has actively supported the development of solar panels, electric vehicles, and other eco-friendly sectors. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 21 Nov. 2022 Yes, climate policy is partly about solar panels and wind turbines, elevating streets and building sea walls. Time, 20 Nov. 2022 In addition, a physics teacher at ASMS, Dr. Durga Paudel, presented his research at the conference on a substance that can be used in a range of different technologies, including LCD displays, computer memory devices, solar panels and copy machines. Margaret Kates | Mkates@al.com, al, 19 Nov. 2022 Other new features include a hands-free driving mode and the inclusion of solar panels for topping up the battery while the car is stationary. WIRED, 19 Nov. 2022 The vessel is covered in solar panels that generate clean power from the sun for the hotel load and propulsion system. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 18 Nov. 2022 Thousands of dollars in tax credits also will become available to help make homes more energy efficient with new windows, solar panels or heat pumps. Chris Megerian, Fortune, 18 Nov. 2022 The Prius Prime offers a set of solar panels on the roof that soak up light when the car is parked and power accessory functions and air conditioning. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 17 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Latin solaris, from sol sun; akin to Old English & Old Norse sōl sun, Lithuanian saulė, Greek hēlios

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of solar was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Solar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solar. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

solar

adjective

so·​lar ˈsō-lər How to pronounce solar (audio)
-ˌlär
1
: of, derived from, relating to, or caused by the sun
2
: measured by the earth's course in relation to the sun
solar time
solar year
3
a
: produced or operated by the action of the sun's light or heat
solar energy
b
: using the sun's rays especially to produce heat or electricity
a solar house

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