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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
  • The skylight was more inaccessible than the one in her own attic.

  • 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
  • I meant to beckon him to come away from the skylight, but he did not give me time to do that.

    Down South Oliver Optic
  • Abandoning the attempt to get Louise onto the roof, Penny crept toward the skylight.

    Saboteurs on the River Mildred A. Wirt
  • Grimm's coat was on the skylight; we were both clean shaved.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • Running aft, the elder brother sprang up the poop ladder and looked down through the skylight into the cabin.

  • No—lovely morning; you can see it is through that bit of skylight.

    Cormorant Crag George Manville Fenn
  • 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
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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