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

Definition of sunlight

: the light of the 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
Recent Examples on the Web Ahmaud had dark skin that glistened in the sunlight like gold. New York Times, 7 Jan. 2022 For the second proof, place the baking sheets near a radiator, or on tables or counters that are bathed in sunlight. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 4 Jan. 2022 Enter through a Dutch door into a spacious foyer with an ornate staircase, bathed in sunlight from a magnificent trio of 60-pane windows. Jon Gorey,, 30 Dec. 2021 Inside, the rooms and suites exude a calm invitation to relax and bathe in the sunlight streaming in. Kim Westerman, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Snow and ice reflect sunlight, so UV protection remains important throughout the year, notes Adam Tenforde, an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 18 Dec. 2021 According to advanced reports, Sea Cat 40’s advanced solar panels transform sunlight into energy too—a lot of energy. Bill Springer, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 Scientists believe that clouds, which reflect sunlight, currently have an overall cooling effect on the planet. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Dec. 2021 The exact amount depends on your skin type (lighter skin is much more efficient at using sunlight to convert vitamin D), your latitude, the season and the time of day. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 24 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of sunlight

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2022

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“Sunlight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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: the light of the sun : sunshine


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