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[skahy-lahyn] /ˈskaɪˌlaɪn/
noun, Also, sky line
the boundary line between earth and sky; the apparent horizon:
A sail appeared against the skyline.
the outline of something, as the buildings of a city, against the sky:
the New York skyline.
verb (used with object), skylined, skylining.
to outline (something) against the sky.
Origin of skyline
First recorded in 1855-60; sky + line1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The clear edge of the skyline had become serrated with moving figures.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
  • In an old engraving, dated 1815, two figures are still to be seen on the skyline.

    Hampton Court Walter Jerrold
  • Faintly, against the skyline as he looked through this window he saw the curving outline of a hill.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • With one hand she indicated the prairie that billowed away to the skyline.

  • Only our training and discipline prevent our letting fly at incautious spectators on the skyline.

British Dictionary definitions for skyline


the line at which the earth and sky appear to meet; horizon
the outline of buildings, mountains, trees, etc, seen against the sky
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Word Origin and History for skyline

"horizon," 1824, from sky (n.) + line (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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