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Princeton's WordNet

  1. day, daytime, daylightnoun

    the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside

    "the dawn turned night into day"; "it is easier to make the repairs in the daytime"

  2. daylightnoun

    light during the daytime


  1. daylightnoun

    The light from the Sun, as opposed to that from any other source.

  2. daylightnoun

    A light source that simulates daylight.

  3. daylightnoun

    The intensity distribution of light over the visible spectrum generated by the Sun under various conditions or by other light sources intended to simulate natural daylight.

  4. daylightnoun

    The period of time between sunrise and sunset.

    We should get home while it's still daylight.

  5. daylightnoun


    We had only two hours to work before daylight.

  6. daylightnoun

    Exposure to public scrutiny.

    Budgeting a spy organization can't very well be done in daylight.

  7. daylightnoun

    A clear, open space.

  8. daylightnoun

    The space between platens on a press or similar machinery.

    The minimum and maximum daylights on an injection molding machine determines the sizes of the items it can make.

  9. daylightnoun

    Emotional or psychological distance between people, or disagreement.

    We completely agree. There's no daylight between us on the issue.

  10. daylightverb

    To expose to daylight

  11. daylightverb

    To provide sources of natural illumination such as skylights or windows.

  12. daylightverb

    To allow light in, as by drawing drapes.

  13. daylightverb

    To run a drainage pipe to an opening from which its contents can drain away naturally.

  14. daylightverb

    To gain exposure to the open.

    The seam of coal daylighted at a cliff by the river.

  15. Etymology: From day + light

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Daylightnoun

    The light of the day, as opposed to that of the morn, or a taper.

    Etymology: day and light.

    By this the drooping daylight ’gan to fade,
    And yield his room to sad succeeding night. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    Nay, then thou mock’st me: thou shalt buy this dear,
    If ever I thy face by daylight see.
    Now go thy way. William Shakespeare, Midsummer-Night’s Dream.

    They by daylight passing through the midst of the Turks fleet, safely recovered the haven, to the great joy of the besieged Christians. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    He stands in daylight, and disdains to hide
    An act, to which by honour he is ty’d. Dryden.

    Will you murder a man in plain daylight? John Dryden, Sp. Fryar.

    Yet though rough bears in covert seek defence,
    White foxes stay, with seeming innocence;
    That crafty kind with daylight can dispense. Dryden.

    If bodies be illuminated by the ordinary prismatick colours, they will appear neither of their own daylight colours, nor of the colour of the light cast on them, but of some middle colour between both. Isaac Newton, Opt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Daylightnoun

    the light of day as opposed to the darkness of night; the light of the sun, as opposed to that of the moon or to artificial light

  2. Daylightnoun

    the eyes


  1. Daylight

    Daylight or the light of day is the combination of all direct and indirect sunlight outdoors during the daytime. This includes direct sunlight, diffuse sky radiation, and both of these reflected from the Earth and terrestrial objects. Sunlight scattered or reflected from objects in outer space is generally not considered daylight. Thus, moonlight is never considered daylight, despite being "indirect sunlight". Daytime is the period of time each day when daylight occurs. Daylight happens because the earth rotates and either side the sun shines on is considered daylight.

Editors Contribution

  1. daylight

    The time during the day where there is light.

    The daylight hours change from season to season.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 3, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'daylight' in Nouns Frequency: #2922

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of daylight in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of daylight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of daylight in a Sentence

  1. Chandan Das:

    Usually, we fish very early in the morning or late in the evening as it is very difficult to catch hilsa during daylight hours, but after the cyclone we were able to catch the fish all the time.

  2. Sheriff Steve Penner:

    The hunter was seeking a shortcut from one hunting area to another when he found human remains and then contacted the sheriff’s office, due to the lack of remaining daylight and ruggedness of the terrain, recovery efforts began on the morning of the 18.

  3. Natalie Dautovich:

    With Daylight Saving Time, we experience a desynchronization with the daylight cycle, the clock time, and our sleep-wake rhythm.

  4. Sue Pruchnicki:

    It should be inspiring space. It should be lit with daylight. It should be a place where everyone feels welcome.

  5. M. C. Escher:

    What I give form to in daylight is only one per cent of what I have seen in darkness.

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