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

  • transitive v. To affect by exposing to the sun's rays.
  • intransitive v. To be overexposed. Used of photographic film.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To subject to solarization.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To become injured by undue or too long exposure to the sun's rays in the camera; -- an older term now replaced by overexpose.
  • transitive v. To injure by too long exposure to the light of the sun in the camera; to burn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In photography, to become injured by too long exposure to the action of light.
  • To affect by sunlight: modify in some way by the action of solar rays.
  • In photography, to affect injuriously by exposing too long to light.

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

  • v. reverse some of the tones of (a negative or print) and introduce pronounced outlines of highlights, by exposing it briefly to light, then washing and redeveloping it
  • v. overexpose to sunlight
  • v. become overexposed
  • v. expose to the rays of the sun or affect by exposure to the sun


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  • These would be solar cells at the price of tissue paper — literally, and when embedded in everything we could solarize things and get I estimate 30% of our power from solar energy.

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  • Becker's own book The 100 Day Action Plan to Save the Planet targets 4 areas that need the most attention: cut carbon 40 percent by 2020, create green jobs (weatherize, solarize, rewire the nation), make the U.S. economy lead the world in renewable technology, and promote carbon-neutral power.

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  • Very soon, my agency-Bowden Pen Farmers Association-will begin implementation of a project to reforest part of the national park and to solarize their eco-lodge a big miracle, if you ask me.


  • A sane government would drop all subsidies and tax loopholes for Big Oil's huge profits and other fossil fuels and promote a national mission to solarize our economy to achieve major savings from energy conservation technology, retrofitting buildings, and upgrading efficiency standards for motor vehicles, home appliances, industrial engines and electric generating plants.

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  • The most important work that we have to do is to weatherize and solarize America.

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  • Ever since I started taking digital pictures, I have been experimenting with the solarize filter in Photoshop, trying to create something similar to Adam's picture.

    My black sun

  • If I brighten the original first, and then solarize it, I get reversal effects elsewhere in the picture.

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  • It turns out that the trick is to start with an underexposed photograph, solarize it and then brighten it up a little bit.

    My black sun

  • And if you need to save a few mil here and there, just solarize the White House instead of throwing a costly Inauguration Parade and Ball.

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