Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An overhead window, as in a roof, admitting daylight.
  • n. Light from the sky.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A window, dome, or opening in the roof or ceiling, to admit natural light.
  • n. Diffuse sky radiation—solar radiation reaching the earth's surface after having been scattered from the direct solar beam by molecules or suspensoids in the atmosphere

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A window placed in the roof of a building, in the ceiling of a room, or in the deck of a ship, for the admission of light from above.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A window placed in the roof of a house, or in a ceiling; a frame set with glass, whether horizontal or in one or more inclined planes, and placed in a roof or ceiling, or in some cases, as in photographers' studios, forming a considerable part of the roof, for the purpose of lighting passages or rooms below, or for affording special facilities for lighting, as for artists' or photographers' needs.
  • n. The light of the sky; specifically, the blue or pale white color of the aërial vault.
  • n. Illumination by means of the light of the sky: as, a studio with a good skylight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a window in a roof to admit daylight

Etymologies

From sky + light. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term skylight had been used by submariners since first venturing under the polar ice cap.

    Ice Hunt

  • They warned that a skylight is an easy entry for a bandido.

    Glass Block Skylights

  • Sleeping on the deck by the cabin skylight, I was very close to her when her revolver went off, and continued to go off.

    CHAPTER XLVII

  • The skylight is already in the roof so I can't make it smaller.

    Glass Block Skylights

  • This was too much, and the black, afraid more of Van Horn than of Jerry, turned and fled for'ard, leaping to safety on top of the eight Lee-Enfield rifles that lay on top of the cabin skylight and that were guarded by one member of the boat's crew.

    Chapter 2

  • A dirty skylight provided illumination during the day, but now the skylight was a rectangle of black, and the only light came from a feeble Victorian lamp that sprouted from the ancient desk like an iron mushroom.

    Dance Of Death

  • Directly below the skylight was a reflecting pool and fountain (empty now), its intricate mosaic of colored tiles depicting fish swimming in a river.

    The Outstretched Shadow

  • 'When we originally started breeding birds of prey in captivity we brought in some very, skittish birds and whenever anybody went past the aviary the birds just went mad, and we thought they must be upset by the disturbance, so someone came up with the bright idea of what's called a skylight and seclusion aviary.

    Last Chance to See

  • But even when Pete stretched to his full height, the skylight was a foot above him and more than a foot beyond the car.

    The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy

  • "But he slept over there, " said Mallett, nodding to the farther end of the corridor, where underneath the skylight was a large circular basket, lined with an old rug.

    Best Detective Stories

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