from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A star that is the basis of the solar system and that sustains life on Earth, being the source of heat and light. It has a mean distance from Earth of about 150 million kilometers (93 million miles) a diameter of approximately 1,390,000 kilometers (864,000 miles) and a mass about 330,000 times that of Earth.
- n. A star that is the center of a planetary system.
- n. The radiant energy, especially heat and visible light, emitted by the sun; sunshine.
- n. A sunlike object, representation, or design.
- transitive v. To expose to the sun's rays, as for warming, drying, or tanning.
- intransitive v. To expose oneself or itself to the sun.
- idiom in the sun In the public eye.
- idiom under the sun On the earth; in the world.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See sunn.
- n. The luminous orb, the light of which constitutes day, and its absence night; the central body round which the earth and planets revolve, by which they are held in their orbits, and from which they receive light and heat. Its mean distance from the earth is about 92,500,000 miles, and its diameter about 860,000.
- n. Any heavenly body which forms the center of a system of orbs.
- n. The direct light or warmth of the sun; sunshine.
- n. That which resembles the sun, as in splendor or importance; any source of light, warmth, or animation.
- transitive v. To expose to the sun's rays; to warm or dry in the sun
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The central body of the solar system, around which the earth and other planets revolve, retained in their orbits by its attraction, and supplied with energy by its radiance.
- n. The sunshine; a sunny place; a place where the beams of the sun fall: as, to stand in the sun (that is, to stand where the direct rays of the sun fall).
- n. Anything eminently splendid or luminous : that which is the chief source of light, honor, glory, or prosperity.
- n. The luminary or orb which constitutes the center of any system of worlds: as, the fixed stars may be suns in their respective systems.
- n. A revolution of the earth round the sun; a year.
- n. The rising of the sun; sunrise; day.
- n. In heraldry, a bearing representing the sun, usually surrounded by rays.
- n. In electric lighting, a group of incandescent lamps arranged concentrically under a reflector at, near, or in the ceiling of a room or auditorium.
- To expose to the sun's rays; warm or dry in the sunshine; insolate: as, to sun cloth.
- To become warm or dry in the sunshine.
- n. See sunn.
- n. A Japanese measure of length, equal to of a meter, or 1.19 inches.
- n. An amended spelling of son.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. first day of the week; observed as a day of rest and worship by most Christians
- n. the rays of the sun
- n. the star that is the source of light and heat for the planets in the solar system
- n. a person considered as a source of warmth or energy or glory etc
- n. any star around which a planetary system revolves
- v. expose to the rays of the sun or affect by exposure to the sun
- v. expose one's body to the sun
Middle English, from Old English sunne.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English sunne, from Old English sunne, from Proto-Germanic *sunnōn, from heteroclitic inanimate Proto-Indo-European *sh̥₂uén 'sun' (compare Welsh huan, Avestan gen. xᵛə̄ṇg), oblique of *sóh₂wl̥. More at solar. (Wiktionary)