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skyline

[skahy-lahyn] /ˈskaɪˌlaɪn/
noun, Also, sky line
1.
the boundary line between earth and sky; the apparent horizon:
A sail appeared against the skyline.
2.
the outline of something, as the buildings of a city, against the sky:
the New York skyline.
verb (used with object), skylined, skylining.
3.
to outline (something) against the sky.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; sky + line1
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  • Humans are nomenclature-based and this gives you a more intimate relationship with your skyline.
  • Any tall building in an urban center provides another handsome view of the night skyline.
  • Nearby high-rises compete with smokestacks for skyline supremacy.
  • Cupolas and towers rise from some roofs, giving the skyline a picturesque, almost whimsical air.
  • Look down from the dazzling skyline, it's all underbelly.
  • Once, they went to a club that had a grand view of the skyline.
  • The factories are being pushed to the outskirts, and in their place the city has developed a skyline.
  • The twin towers stand in a blue-gray, faraway skyline.
  • The helicopter buzzing back and forth across the skyline represents the financial centre's more yuan-denominated future.
  • But this spring the same skyline became crisp, often beneath blue skies and innocuous white clouds.
British Dictionary definitions for skyline

skyline

/ˈskaɪˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
the line at which the earth and sky appear to meet; horizon
2.
the outline of buildings, mountains, trees, etc, seen against the sky
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Word Origin and History for skyline
n.

"horizon," 1824, from sky (n.) + line (n.).

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