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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 of skyline
1855-1860
1855-60; sky + line1
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  • The clear edge of the skyline had become serrated with moving figures.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
  • With one hand she indicated the prairie that billowed away to the skyline.

  • Faintly, against the skyline as he looked through this window he saw the curving outline of a hill.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • Then, free of New York's skyline, the flying building was gone with a rush.

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
  • Only our training and discipline prevent our letting fly at incautious spectators on the skyline.

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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