American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The light or the direct rays from the sun.
- n. The warmth given by the sun's rays.
- n. A location or surface on which the sun's rays fall.
- n. Radiant cheerfulness; geniality.
- n. A source of cheerfulness.
- adj. Requiring governmental bodies to hold open meetings and sometimes to permit public access to records: a sunshine law.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The light of the sun, or the space on which it shines; the direct rays of the sun, or the place where they fall.
- n. Figuratively, the state of being cheered by an influence acting like the rays of the sun; anything having a genial or beneficial influence; brightness; cheerfulness.
- Sunny; sunshiny; hence, prosperous; untroubled.
- Of or pertaining to the sunshine; of a fair-weather sort.
- n. UK Friendly form of address often reserved for juniors.
- n. UK Ironic form of address used to an inferior or troublemaker.
- n. humorous Used to address someone who has just woken up and/or is very sleepy.
- adj. Open to and permitting public access, especially with regard to activities that were previously closed-door or back-room meetings.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The light of the sun, or the place where it shines; the direct rays of the sun, the place where they fall, or the warmth and light which they give.
- n. Anything which has a warming and cheering influence like that of the rays of the sun; warmth; illumination; brightness.
- adj. Sunshiny; bright.
- n. moderate weather; suitable for outdoor activities
- n. the rays of the sun
- n. the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom
“They discovered, for instance, that objects diminish with distance; that grass in sunshine is not the same color as grass in shadow; that a man's nose, because it projects, catches the light.”
“In America, you know, we have what we call sunshine laws, I said, hoping to goad him with a nasty little lecture.”
“Suppose we put a cubic centimeter of ice outside on a summer day in such a way that all of the sunshine is absorbed by the ice.”
“I'm impressed with this sort of what they call the sunshine information in Florida.”
“I'm really impressed with this sort of -- with what they call the sunshine information in Florida.”
“On such pavements the sunshine is at times dazzling, as if the surface were of burnished silver.”
“You've been soused to the ears in sunshine, like so much whiskey, an 'now you're payin' for it.”
“A fun place where you can enjoy excellent sandwiches and tortas and breakfasts with a full bar and the place provides al fresco dining in a fun courtyard which, on a splendid January day as was yesterday (and today for that matter) at 85F with crystal sunshine, is a hell of a great way to enjoy a simple but tasty lunch accompanied by an ice cold XX Lager.”
“Picture a crisp, fall, upstate New York day blasted in sunshine, and under all that warm sun is a vineyard on a hill in Naples, New York.”
“The eyes themselves were of that baffling protean grey which is never twice the same; which runs through many shades and colourings like intershot silk in sunshine; which is grey, dark and light, and greenish-grey, and sometimes of the clear azure of the deep sea.”
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