Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or proceeding from the sun: solar rays; solar physics.
  • adj. Using or operated by energy derived from the sun: a solar heating system.
  • adj. Determined or measured in reference to the sun: the solar year.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the sun; proceeding from the sun; as, the solar system; solar light; solar rays; solar influence.
  • adj. Born under the predominant influence of the sun.
  • adj. Measured by the progress or revolution of the sun in the ecliptic; as, the solar year.
  • adj. Produced by the action of the sun, or peculiarly affected by its influence.
  • n. A loft or upper chamber forming the private accommodation of the head of the household in a medieval hall; a garret room.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A loft or upper chamber; a garret room.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the sun; proceeding from the sun. See Solar system, below.
  • adj. Born under the predominant influence of the sun.
  • adj. Measured by the progress or revolution of the sun in the ecliptic.
  • adj. Produced by the action of the sun, or peculiarly affected by its influence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining or related to, or determined by the sun: as, the solar system; solar light; solar rays; solar influence.
  • In astrology, born under the predominant influence of the sun; influenced by the sun.
  • An electric lamp of the fourth class.
  • n. See sollar.
  • n. See sola.
  • n. In Roman and early medieval houses, a terrace, or balcony, or a room much exposed to the sun; a sollar.

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

  • adj. relating to or derived from the sun or utilizing the energies of the sun

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin sōlāris, from sōl, sun.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Latin sōlāris, from sōl ("sun"), from Proto-Indo-European *sóh₂wl̥ (“sun”). (Wiktionary)
Old English soler, solere, from Latin solarium. (Wiktionary)

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  • ‡ The term solar energy often refers to processes that use this energy to generate heat or electricity for human use.

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  • The term solar power describes almost any process that harnesses energy from the sun and then works by transforming this power into electricity, for example home solar power systems.

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  • The term solar power is used to describe energy gathered from the Sun's rays and converted into either heat or electricity.

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  • Last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a thousand-page report on the future of renewable energy, which it defined as solar, hydro, wind, tidal, wave, geothermal and biomass.

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  • If you have hundreds of years of warning, you could spread chalk or charcoal over the surface that changes the way it reflects light and its velocity, or you could send what they call a solar sail -- a big sheet of Mylar-like plastic -- and sort of shrink-wrap it, and the sunlight over centuries would push it out of the way.

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  • Right now, we're in the midst of what we call a solar maximum.

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  • His aim was to make still more exact our knowledge of the motions of the bodies constituting what we call the solar system, and his labors toward this end, begun more than thirty years ago, he continued almost until the day of his death.

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  • In the preceding chapters we have dealt with the gigantic bodies which form the chief objects in what we know as the solar system.

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  • I hadn't known the "private living quarters of the lord" sense of this word.

    As in: "I remember a church, and I think this is a manor house. I'm in a bedroom or a solar, and it's not just a loft because there are stairs, so that means the house of a minor baron at least."
    Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, p 116

    May 26, 2010

  • In castle architecture, private living quarters of the lord, usually adjacent to the great hall.

    August 26, 2008