- a beam or ray of sunlight.
- Australian Slang. a dish or utensil that has not been used during a meal and so does not have to be washed.
Origin of sunbeam
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Examples from the Web for sunbeam
The sunbeam had vanished, not only from the page, but from the room.Wilfrid Cumbermede
A sunbeam, escaping from beneath a cloud, gilded the fine drops of water.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Fluffy, tell Downy the little story I told you the other day, about the sunbeam.Five Mice in a Mouse-trap
Laura E. Richards
The 'Sunbeam' left Macassar on the evening of the 20th of April.
Calling at Trincomalee en route, the 'Sunbeam' next proceeded to Burmah.
- a beam, ray, or stream of sunlight
- Australian slang a piece of crockery or cutlery laid for a meal but remaining unused
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Word Origin and History for sunbeam
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