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[ soh-ler ]


  1. of or relating to the sun:

    solar phenomena.

  2. determined by the sun:

    solar hour.

  3. proceeding from the sun, as light or heat.
  4. utilizing, operated by, or depending on solar energy:

    a solar building;

    a solar stove.

  5. indicating time by means of or with reference to the sun:

    a solar chronometer.

  6. manufacturing or providing solar power:

    the solar industry.

  7. Astrology. subject to the influence of the sun.


  1. Informal. solar energy.



[ sol-er, soh-ler ]


  1. a private or upper chamber in a medieval English house.


/ ˈsəʊlə /


  1. of or relating to the sun

    solar eclipse

  2. operating by or utilizing the energy of the sun

    solar cell

  3. astronomy determined from the motion of the earth relative to the sun

    solar year

  4. astrology subject to the influence of the sun


/ lər /

  1. Relating to the Sun.
  2. Using or operated by energy from the Sun.
  3. Measured in reference to the Sun.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of solar1

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin sōlāris, equivalent to sōl + -āris adjective suffix; sun, -ar 1

Origin of solar2

First recorded before 900; Middle English solar, soler, from Old English solor, soler, and Anglo-French soler, Old French solier, from Latin sōlārium solarium

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Word History and Origins

Origin of solar1

C15: from Latin sōlāris, from sōl the sun

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Example Sentences

Solar Impulse was an experimental plane, weighing as little as a family car and using 17,248 solar cells.

At the beginning, in the 1990s, we had very little idea what objects in the solar system are producing all this dust.

And, just last month, the company announced plans to run one such high-megawatt cable that would funnel wind and solar power from Upstate New York to the city.

The solar-powered chopper is designed to take-off, hover no more than a few dozen feet above the surface, maneuver through Mars’ thin air, and land on flat terrain.

As the cost further declined due to technology improvements and the rise of economies of scale, solar was able to eventually debut as a viable general-purpose energy source.

The service module also deploys four arrays of solar panels.

Increasingly, as these industries develop, on-site solar and wind is a way of guaranteeing a lower price for electricity.

And so there has been a boom in placing solar fields on top of landfills.

In essence, they placed a bunch of solar panels in the form of a suspension bridge on top of the lift.

At the end of October, the first landfill solar field in New York State was completed.

There is no reason to suppose that his is the only Solar System: there may be many millions of solar systems.

For aught we know, there may be millions of systems, each containing millions of solar systems.

Reckoning that Neptune is the outermost planet of the solar system, that system would have a diameter of 5,584 millions of miles.

It would require some hours before he attained to the outer limit of the solar system.

We shall therefore now turn to a description of the portion of the starry world which is found in the limits of our solar system.


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