[ skahy ]
/ skaɪ /
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noun, plural skies.Often skies (for defs. 1-4).
the region of the clouds or the upper air; the upper atmosphere of the earth: airplanes in the sky; cloudy skies.
the heavens or firmament, appearing as a great arch or vault.
the supernal or celestial heaven: They looked to the sky for help.
the climate: the sunny skies of Italy.
Obsolete. a cloud.
verb (used with object), skied or skyed, sky·ing.
Informal. to raise, throw, or hit aloft or into the air.
Informal. to hang (a painting) high on a wall, above the line of vision.
sky up, Falconry. (of prey, when flushed) to fly straight upward.
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Idioms for sky
out of a / the clear sky, without advance notice or warning; abruptly: An old beau phoned her out of a clear sky.Also out of a / the clear blue sky .
to the skies, with lavishness or enthusiasm; extravagantly: to praise someone to the skies.Also to the sky .
Origin of sky
First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English, from Old Norse skȳ “cloud,” cognate with Old English scēo “cloud”
OTHER WORDS FROM skyskyless, adjectiveskylike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sky
/ (skaɪ) /
noun plural skies
(sometimes plural) the apparently dome-shaped expanse extending upwards from the horizon that is characteristically blue or grey during the day, red in the evening, and black at nightRelated adjectives: celestial, empyrean
outer space, as seen from the earth
(often plural) weather, as described by the appearance of the upper airsunny skies
the source of divine power; heaven
informal the highest level of attainmentthe sky's the limit
to the skies highly; extravagantly
verb skies, skying or skied
rowing to lift (the blade of an oar) too high before a stroke
(tr) informal to hit (a ball) high in the air
Derived forms of skyskylike, adjective
Word Origin for sky
C13: from Old Norse skӯ; related to Old English scio cloud, Old Saxon skio, Old Norse skjār transparent skin
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Scientific definitions for sky
[ skī ]
The atmosphere, as seen from a given point on the Earth's surface. The sky appears to be blue because the wavelengths associated with blue light are scattered more easily than those that are associated with the other colors.
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Idioms and Phrases with sky
In addition to the idiom beginning with sky
, also see
- blow sky-high
- out of a clear blue sky
- pie in the sky
reach for the sky.
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