sky
Pronunciation Noun

sky (plural skies)

  1. The atmosphere above a given point, especially as visible from the ground during the day.
    That year, a meteor fell from the sky.
  2. The part of the sky which can be seen from a specific place or at a specific time; its condition, climate etc.
    I lay back under a warm Texas sky.
    We're not sure how long the cloudy skies will last.
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803 ↗:
      So this was my future home, I thought! […] Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter II, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384 ↗:
      She wakened in sharp panic, bewildered by the grotesquerie of some half-remembered dream in contrast with the harshness of inclement fact, drowsily realising that since she had fallen asleep it had come on to rain smartly out of a shrouded sky.
  3. Heaven.
    This mortal has incurred the wrath of the skies.
  4. Ellipsis of sky blue#English|sky blue
  5. (mathematics, theoretical physics) The set of all lightlike lines (or directions) passing through a given point in space-time.
  6. (colloquial, dated) In an art gallery, the upper rows of pictures that cannot easily be seen.
  7. (obsolete) A cloud.
Synonyms Related terms Verb

sky (skies, present participle skying; past and past participle skied)

  1. (sports) To hit, kick or throw (a ball) extremely high. c en
  2. (sports) To clear (a hurdle, high jump bar, etc.) by a large margin.
  3. (colloquial, dated) To hang (a picture on exhibition) near the top of a wall, where it cannot be well seen.
    • The Century
      Brother Academicians who skied his pictures.
  4. (colloquial) To drink something from a container without one's lips touching the container.

Sky
Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A unisex given name.
    • 1981, William Boyd, On the Yankee Station, Hamilton, ISBN 0241104262 page 17:
      The bad thing was she took my son Skiff with her. It's a dumb name I know, but at the time he was born all the kids were being called things like Sky and Saffron and Powie, and I was really sold on sailing.
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