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sunlight

[suhn-lahyt] /ˈsʌnˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
the light of the sun; sunshine.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English sonneliht. See sun, light1
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  • Added to that, universities don't want the ideological make-up of their professors to undergo too much sunlight.
  • Throngs of students were out that day, lounging in the kind of late-summer sunlight that keeps brochure photographers in business.
  • Do make sure to set up your schedule so you get out in the sunlight.
  • Ward is more inclined toward orbiting sunshades that would cut down on the amount of sunlight hitting the planet.
  • On the one hand, it is kind of pretty, shiny things that catch the sunlight.
  • It had long been dogged by a stereotype as a place for nerds and social misfits who shun sunlight and conversation.
  • sunlight streamed through the winter-bare canopies of the tupelos and cypresses.
  • Collect sunlight and extract useful forms of energy from it, rather than expending energy on air conditioning.
  • Imagine a sculpture that could help make the air cleaner simply by sparkling in the sunlight.
  • sunlight bores in through a few knotholes in the siding.
British Dictionary definitions for sunlight

sunlight

/ˈsʌnlaɪt/
noun
1.
the light emanating from the sun
2.
an area or the time characterized by sunshine
Derived Forms
sunlit, adjective
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Word Origin and History for sunlight
n.

c.1200; see sun (n.) + light (n.).

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Encyclopedia Article for sunlight

solar radiation that is visible at the Earth's surface. The amount of sunlight is dependent on the extent of the daytime cloud cover. Some places on the Earth receive more than 4,000 hours per year of sunlight (more than 90 percent of the maximum possible), as in the Sahara; others receive less than 2,000 hours, as in regions of frequent storminess, such as Scotland and Iceland. Over much of the middle-latitude region of the world, the amount of sunlight varies regularly as the day progresses, owing to greater cloud cover in the early morning and during the late afternoon.

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