sky-blue

Definitions

  • He saw in his own mind the tall pines reach up into the blue skies
    He saw in his own mind the tall pines reach up into the blue skies
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sky-blue of a deep somewhat purplish blue color similar to that of a clear October sky "October's bright blue weather"
    • n sky-blue a light shade of blue
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: This is what the red, white, and blue on the US flag represent: The Continental Congress left no record to show why it chose the colors. However, in 1782, the Congress of the Confederation chose these same colors for the Great Seal of the United States and listed their meaning as follows: white to mean purity and innocence, red for valor and hardiness, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. According to legend, George Washington interpreted the elements of the flag this way: the stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes signified the secession from the home country. However, there is no official designation or meaning for the colors of the flag.
    • a Sky-blue Having the blue color of the sky; azure; as, a sky-blue stone.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Honeybees navigate using the sun as a compass, even when it is hidden behind clouds - they find it via the polarization of ultraviolet light from areas of blue sky.
    • sky-blue Of a luminous blue suggesting the color of the sky, but really very unlike it from deficiency of chroma.
    • n sky-blue A luminous but pale blue, supposed to resemble the color of the sky.
    • n sky-blue Skimmed milk; poor, thin, watery milk; milk adulterated with water: jocularly so called, in allusion to its color.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Sky-blue blue like the sky
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Quotations

  • Helen Hunt Jackson
    Helen Hunt Jackson
    “O suns and skies and clouds of June, and flowers of June together. Ye cannot rival for one hour October's bright blue weather.”
  • Danish Proverb
    Danish Proverb
    “The sky is not less blue because the blind man does not see it.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “I never saw a man who looked with such a wistful eye upon that little tent of blue which prisoners call the sky.”

Idioms

Blue skies - A overly enthusiastic outlook or disposition. The sales team had blue skies projections for their deals, although not many of those deals were signed.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. ský, a cloud; akin to A.S. scúa, Gr. skia, a shadow.

Usage

In literature:

The sun burned crimson in a gray-blue sky through a delicate Indian-summer haze, as beautiful as a day-dream in paradise.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
In one of the expanded buds sat a little kicking fellow, with green apron, sky-blue vest, and yellow bonnet.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXLV. July, 1844. Vol. LVI." by Various
Above the hilltops the sky was very blue, and the distant heights seemed dream mountains and easy of climbing.
"Audrey" by Mary Johnston
In the deep and pure blue sky above them, fleecy clouds went past like galleons in a trade-wind.
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
The sky was blue as steel, and infinitely deep with mist-entangled stars.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
The sky is as blue as the heart of a sapphire, and the sea would be as blue too, only for the glad white of the rippling waves.
"Macleod of Dare" by William Black
May the first dawned ideally springlike, warm, fresh, fragrant, with birds singing, sky a clear blue, and trees budding green and white.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
It was a beautiful night, a light blue sky, with a fine moon and hosts of clear stars.
"The Forest of Swords" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The tea, in a pewter teapot, was weak; the milk was sky-blue, and the jug that held it was cracked.
"The Rebel of the School" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
The sky-blue satin hangings, on which the light fell, seemed like a natural framework for the beautiful blonde creature.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
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In poetry:

The blue sky arches wide
From hill to hill;
The little grasses stand
Upright and still.
"Burial Stones" by Frank Prewett
Blue the sky; soft breezes
Tender noon caress.
Who is she? A lady?
Peasant girl? Princess?
"Fairy Tale" by Boris Pasternak
The air is like a butterfly
With frail blue wings.
The happy earth looks at the sky
And sings.
"Easter" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
For they are gone, who fought;
But still the skies
Stretch blue, aloof, unchanged,
From rise to rise.
"Burial Stones" by Frank Prewett
It was a reign of roses,
Of blue flowers for the eye,
And the rustling of green girls
Under a white sky.
"You And Yellow Air" by John Shaw Neilson
The sky is blue no more,
The spring-tide airs are bleak,
I find not her I seek,
The earth is fair no more!
"Eurydice" by Sophie Margaret Hensley

In news:

Southern Skies perform" Lost Cause " at WDVX's Blue Plate Special.
Credit Blue Sky Studios & 20th Century Fox.
You know you've cornered the weather market when even your press conference -- in March -- falls on a 70-degree Tuesday with clear, blue skies.
IraqiGirl and Dear Blue Sky.
Sky Blue FC fired coach Pauliina Miettinen, as well as assistant coach Anne Parnila, today, a day after a loss to the last-place Atlanta Beat, 1-0, at home extended the team's scoreless streak to three games.
Harry How/Getty Images Sky Blue FC, which drafted UConn's Brittany Taylor Friday, pose for a team photograph after a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Sol during the WPS CHampionship last August.
Blue sky,blue water,lake living is so grand.
Sky Blue FC runs the table.
Courtesy of Sky Blue FC Christie Rampone will serve as player-coach for the remaining two games of the regular season and any playoff games.
Sky Blue FC, which managed to turn its season around following the departure of its first coach, will have to do it again.
Ian Sawyers, suspended as coach and general manager of Sky Blue FC on Saturday, has been fired.
Sol and Sky Blue debut on Universal Sports.
Finding Blue-Sky Success In The Cloud.
Out of the Clear Blue Sky .
Kenny Loggins & the Blue Sky Riders.
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In science:

FIG. 10: (a) The oscillatory part of the magnetization Mosc in the vortex state (blue line) as compared with the normalstate one (sky-blue line) for the d-wave model of Eq. (32) at T = 0. (b) The corresponding Dingle plot (points with error bars) as compared with the theoretical prediction (39).
Theory of de Haas-van Alphen Effect in Type-II Superconductors
Figure 10(a) shows the oscillation of the d-wave magnetization (blue line) as compared with the normal-state one (sky-blue line).
Theory of de Haas-van Alphen Effect in Type-II Superconductors
FIG. 11: Left figures: the oscillatory part of the magnetization Mosc in the vortex state (blue lines) as compared with the normal-state one (sky-blue lines) for the p-wave model of Eq. (32) at T = 0.
Theory of de Haas-van Alphen Effect in Type-II Superconductors
In addition to the KAIT CCD images themselves, we also had available either the red images of the Palomar Sky Survey (POSS), or the SERC-J survey in blue-green light.
Classifications of the Host Galaxies of Supernovae, Set II
The Digital Sky Survey1 plates for the second generation scan contained the field of S 2002-028 for both the “Red ” and “Blue” plates.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
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