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sunbeam

[suhn-beem] /ˈsʌnˌbim/
noun
1.
a beam or ray of sunlight.
2.
Australian Slang. a dish or utensil that has not been used during a meal and so does not have to be washed.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English sunnebem, Old English sun(ne)bēam. See sun, beam
Related forms
sunbeamed, sunbeamy, adjective
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Examples from the web for sunbeam
  • Your subjects will be cooler, happier, and more attractively lit if they don't have a sunbeam hitting them in the face.
  • The great duties of life are written with a sunbeam.
  • Truth is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam.
  • If photons weren't so light, you'd be shredded by a photon hailstorm every time you lazed under a sunbeam.
  • sunbeam's improper accounting treatment for supplier rebates.
British Dictionary definitions for sunbeam

sunbeam

/ˈsʌnˌbiːm/
noun
1.
a beam, ray, or stream of sunlight
2.
(Austral, slang) a piece of crockery or cutlery laid for a meal but remaining unused
Derived Forms
sunbeamed, sunbeamy, adjective
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Word Origin and History for sunbeam
n.

Old English, from sun (n.) + beam (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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