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[soh-ler] /ˈsoʊ lər/
of or relating to the sun:
solar phenomena.
determined by the sun:
solar hour.
proceeding from the sun, as light or heat.
utilizing, operated by, or depending on solar energy:
a solar building; a solar stove.
indicating time by means of or with reference to the sun:
a solar chronometer.
manufacturing or providing solar power:
the solar industry.
Astrology. subject to the influence of the sun.
Informal. solar energy.
Origin of solar1
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin sōlāris, equivalent to sōl sun + -āris -ar1


[sol-er, soh-ler] /ˈsɒl ər, ˈsoʊ lər/
a private or upper chamber in a medieval English house.
Also, sollar, soller.
before 900; Middle English solar, soler < Anglo-French soler, Old French solier < Latin sōlārium solarium; compare Old English solor, soler, Middle Dutch solre loft < Latin Unabridged
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Examples from the web for solar
  • More questions arise than are answered with each new mission to other bodies within our own solar system.
  • solar cells are still ten times too expensive for use in housing.
  • solar energy warms the water in swimming pools, heats homes and can be converted into electricity.
  • Following the collapse of the ballyhooed solar firm, these are dark times for renewable energy.
  • Matt worked as an energy consultant helping homeowners and businesses develop solar power systems.
  • For years, energy entrepreneurs have talked up technologies for printing cheap solar cells.
  • One failed solar company does not mean the entire clean energy industry is doomed.
  • solar panels, in contrast, produce electricity at a known price for the lifetime of the panels.
  • Homeowners are increasingly looking to solar power to make their homes more efficient.
  • South-facing slopes get more solar heat than flat land and north-facing slopes.
British Dictionary definitions for solar


of or relating to the sun: solar eclipse
operating by or utilizing the energy of the sun: solar cell
(astronomy) determined from the motion of the earth relative to the sun: solar year
(astrology) subject to the influence of the sun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin sōlāris, from sōl the sun
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Word Origin and History for solar

mid-15c., "pertaining to the sun," from Latin solaris "of the sun," from sol "sun" (see sol). Meaning "living room on an upper story" is from Old English, from Latin solarium (see solarium).

Astrological sense from 1620s. Meaning "operated by means of the sun" is from 1740; solar power is attested from 1915, solar cell from 1955, solar panel from 1964. Solar system is attested from c.1704; solar wind is from 1958. Solar plexus (1771) "complex of nerves in the pit of the stomach," apparently so called from its central position in the body (cf. plexus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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solar in Science
  1. Relating to the Sun.

  2. Using or operated by energy from the Sun.

  3. Measured in reference to the Sun.

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