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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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Examples from the web for skylight
  • Getting natural light into the room required going up through the attic to create a skylight.
  • In single-story homes or in top-floor bedrooms, a well-placed skylight can make all the difference.
  • Weak rays of sunshine filter through the skylight, illuminating student drawings and paintings on the walls.
  • The street, paved in red brick, runs beneath a steeply peaked skylight.
  • The architects organized the complex around a double-height, skylight-covered quadrangle.
  • Imagine: the solar cell is the top pane of a double paned skylight.
  • Sunshine poured into it from the skylight and windows onto the golden oak floors, woodwork, and furniture.
  • The opening is probably a skylight where the ceiling later collapsed.
  • Bees and some birds navigate by polarized skylight, and fish and crustaceans use polarization for navigation and seeing prey.
  • The thieves climbed onto the zoo exhibit's roof and broke through a skylight.
British Dictionary definitions for skylight


a window placed in a roof or ceiling to admit daylight Also called fanlight
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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