- the light of day: At the end of the tunnel they could see daylight.
- public knowledge or awareness; openness: The newspaper article brought the scandal out into the daylight.
- the period of day; daytime.
- daybreak; dawn.
- a clear space or gap, especially between two people or things that should be close together, as between the knees of a horseback rider and a saddle.
- disagreement or mental distance between two people: There's very little daylight between the two senators' stances on the issue.
- daylights, Informal. mental soundness, consciousness, or wits: The noise scared the daylights out of us.I'd like to beat/knock the daylights out of him!
- Photography. of, relating to, or being film made for exposure by the natural light of day.
- to suffuse (an interior space) with artificial light or with daylight filtered through translucent materials, as roofing panels.
- see daylight, to progress to a point where completion of a difficult task seems possible or probable.
Origin of daylight
Examples from the Web for daylit
Always, though, it was the daylit life of the town which knew him.Sundry Accounts
Irvin S. Cobb
He who had chosen the broad, daylit, unencumbered paths of universal scepticism, found himself still the bondslave of honour.The Dynamiter
Robert Louis Stevenson
But this speed was quickly damped as the ship shot high over broad oceans to the dull green of land ahead in the daylit zone.Invaders from the Infinite
John Wood Campbell
Always, though it was the daylit life of the town which knew him.
- light from the sun
- (as modifier)daylight film
- the period when it is light; daytime
- see daylight
- to understand something previously obscure
- to realize that the end of a difficult task is approaching
Word Origin and History for daylit
c.1300 (as two words from mid-12c., daies liht), from day + light (n.); its figurative sense of "clearly visible open space between two things" (1820) has been used in references to boats in a race, U.S. football running backs avoiding opposing tackles, a rider and a saddle, and the rim of a glass and the surface of the liquor. The (living) daylights that you beat out of someone were originally slang for "the eyes" (1752), extended figuratively to the vital senses.