sun

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noun

1
a
often capitalized : the luminous celestial body around which the earth and other planets revolve, from which they receive heat and light, which is composed mainly of hydrogen and helium, and which has a mean distance from earth of about 93,000,000 miles (150,000,000 kilometers), a linear diameter of 864,000 miles (1,390,000 kilometers), and a mass 332,000 times greater than earth
b
: a celestial body like the sun : star
2
: the heat or light radiated from the sun
played in the sun all day
3
: one resembling the sun (as in warmth or brilliance)
4
: the rising or setting of the sun
from sun to sun
5

sun

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verb

sunned; sunning

transitive verb

: to expose to or as if to the rays of the sun

intransitive verb

: to sun oneself

Sun

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abbreviation

Sunday
Phrases
in the sun
: in the public eye
under the sun
: in the world : on earth

Examples of sun in a Sentence

Noun The rain has stopped and the sun is shining. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. the warmth of the sun's rays They dream of traveling to distant suns. Try to keep out of the sun. The cat lay basking in the sun. Verb People sunned themselves on the hillside. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Between Valentine’s Day and the long Presidents Day weekend, February is the perfect month to scoot out to Palm Springs for some fun in the desert sun. Abigail Stone, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Feb. 2024 Go outside with your shirt off, just chill in the sun and go back in. Lily Moayeri, SPIN, 9 Feb. 2024 This premium leather napkin or tissue holder can attach to the back of your car seat, the center console, or your sun visor. Amy Stanford, Parents, 9 Feb. 2024 Your body also produces it when your skin is in the sun. Health Editorial Team, Health, 9 Feb. 2024 The only women's hats that should be removed indoors are ones that are worn for warmth, rain protection and, at times, sun protection, depending on its silhouette. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 8 Feb. 2024 Nuclear fusion is the same process that powers the sun and other stars, and is widely seen as the holy grail of clean energy. Angela Dewan, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 An ocean within Mimas would also reinforce the revolutionary idea that a world can be amenable to biology without basking in the sun’s warmth. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 7 Feb. 2024 Cleaning this set is easy—simply wash this comforter in cold water on a gentle cycle, and tumble dry it on low heat or dry it in the sun. Andrea Wurzburger, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Jan. 2024
Verb
And this is me in shorts and a T-shirt hiding under a blanket sunning on a grassy knoll. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 19 Jan. 2024 And go ahead and sleep in: Your best opportunity to spot squirrels sunning on tree limbs is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 2. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 Her guiding skills led us to incredible sightings, including a pair of lions chasing a herd of kudu, a pod of hippos sunning themselves, and dozens of elephants enjoying a mud bath. Sandra MacGregor, Travel + Leisure, 23 Dec. 2023 As a result, hippos and crocodiles can often be observed sharing the same water pool or sunning alongside each other on the shore. Paul Richards, Field & Stream, 15 Nov. 2023 Sitting and sunning by the 14th floor pool puts you steps away from the poolside cafe Bella’s Rooftop Bar. Essence, 4 Dec. 2023 Or they’re viewed on the zoo’s live camera doing tame activities like sunning themselves or enjoying an icy treat on a warm day. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 11 Oct. 2023 Read the full Capricorn Daily Horoscope Aquarius (January 20 - February 18) The moon and suns harmonious connection shines a light on your communication skills today. USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2023 Intervals of clouds and sun with a couple of showers. Erin Couch cincinnati Enquirer, The Enquirer, 15 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English sunne, from Old English; akin to Old High German sunna sun, Latin sol — more at solar

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of sun was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sun. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

sun

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: the star around which the planets revolve, from which they receive heat and light, and which has an average distance from the earth of about 93,000,000 miles (150,000,000 kilometers), a diameter of 864,000 miles (1,390,000 kilometers), and a mass 332,000 times greater than earth
b
: a star like the sun
2
: the heat or light given off by the sun : sunshine
3
: one resembling the sun usually in brilliance
4
: the rising or setting of the sun
from sun to sun

sun

2 of 2 verb
sunned; sunning
1
: to expose to or as if to the rays of the sun
2
: to sun oneself

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