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[skahy-lahyt] /ˈskaɪˌlaɪt/
an opening in a roof or ceiling, fitted with glass, for admitting daylight.
the frame set with glass fitted to such an opening.
Meteorology. the diffuse light from the sky, scattered by air molecules, as distinguished from the direct radiation from the sun.
Origin of skylight
1670-80; sky + light1 Unabridged
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  • Footsteps shook the zinc sheets that covered it, moving between the right-hand side of the house and the edge of the skylight.

    The Golden Triangle Maurice Leblanc
  • At that instant Drayton's eyes were riveted on the skylight with an affrighted stare.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • Jacob lay sound asleep upon a locker in the cuddy within easy reach of a shout down the companionway or through the skylight.

    My Danish Sweetheart, Volume 3 of 3 William Clark Russell
  • Mr Powell loitering about the skylight wanted his captain off the deck now.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Abandoning the attempt to get Louise onto the roof, Penny crept toward the skylight.

    Saboteurs on the River Mildred A. Wirt
  • The lamp in the after skylight was kept burning through the night.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Running aft, the elder brother sprang up the poop ladder and looked down through the skylight into the cabin.

  • He remained on the skylight so as to keep his eye on the tray.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Blinded by the smoke, one of them, John MacBane, stepped through a skylight and fell to the fourth floor.

British Dictionary definitions for skylight


a window placed in a roof or ceiling to admit daylight Also called fanlight
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Word Origin and History for skylight

1670s, "light from the sky," from sky (n.) + light (n.). Meaning "small opening in a roof to admit light" is recorded from 1680s. Related: Sky-lit.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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