sky

Definitions

  • The First Post-office in the Sky
    The First Post-office in the Sky
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sky throw or toss with a light motion "flip me the beachball","toss me newspaper"
    • n sky the atmosphere and outer space as viewed from the earth
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Additional illustrations & photos:

She would build a monument that would tower up to the skies She would build a monument that would tower up to the skies
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
Deerheart and Sky Elk Deerheart and Sky Elk
Dino in the sky Dino in the sky

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The size of a raindrop is around 0.5 mm - 2.5 mm, and they fall from the sky on average 21 feet per second.
    • Sky A cloud. "A wind] that blew so hideously and high,
      That it ne lefte not a sky In all the welkin long and broad."
    • Sky Hence, a shadow. "She passeth as it were a sky ."
    • Sky The apparent arch, or vault, of heaven, which in a clear day is of a blue color; the heavens; the firmament; -- sometimes in the plural. "The Norweyan banners flout the sky ."
    • Sky The wheather; the climate. "Thou wert better in thy grave than to answer with thy uncovered body this extremity of the skies ."
    • Sky To hang (a picture on exhibition) near the top of a wall, where it can not be well seen. "Brother Academicians who skied his pictures."
    • Sky To throw towards the sky; as, to sky a ball at cricket.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Due to the deforestation of the forests in North China, over one million tons of sands blows into Beijing from the Gobi desert. It sometimes causes the sky to turn yellow.
    • n sky A cloud.
    • n sky The region of clouds, wind, and rain; that part of the earth's atmosphere in which meteorological phenomena take place: often used in the plural.
    • n sky The apparent arch or vault of heaven, which in a clear day is of a blue color; the firm ament: often used in the plural.
    • n sky The supernal heavens; celestial regions; heaven: often in the plural with the same sense.
    • n sky The upper rows of pictures in a picture-gallery; also, the space near the ceiling.
    • sky To raise aloft or toward the sky; specifically, to hang near the ceiling in an exhibition of paintings.
    • sky A variant of shy.
    • n sky An abbreviation of sky-blue.
    • sky In golf, to so strike (a ball) as to cause (it) to go unusually high in the air.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The closest star to the sun, Alpha Centauri, is never visible in the sky north of about 30 degrees Northern Lattitude.
    • n Sky skī the apparent canopy over our heads: the heavens: the weather: the upper rows of pictures in a gallery
    • v.t Sky to raise aloft, esp. to hang pictures above the line of sight
    • v.i Sky to engage in any kind of boisterous frolic
    • v.i Sky to move like a sky-rocket, to rise and disappear as suddenly
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Quotations

  • Euripides
    Euripides
    “There is the sky, which is all men's together.”
  • Konrad Adenauer
    Konrad Adenauer
    “We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Anyone who thinks the sky is the limit, has limited imagination.”
  • Buddha
    Buddha
    “The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”
  • Jalal-Uddin Rumi
    Jalal-Uddin%20Rumi
    “Only from the heart Can you touch the sky.”
  • Emily Dickinson
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    “The Brain is wider than 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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Pie in the sky - If an idea or scheme is pie in the sky, it is utterly impractical.
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Sky is the limit - When people say that the sky is the limit, they think that there are no limits to the possibilities something could have.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. skie, a cloud, Icel. skȳ,; akin to Sw. & Dan. sky,; cf. AS. scūa, scūwa, shadow, Icel. skuggi,; probably from the same root as E. scum,. √158. See Scum, and cf. Hide skin, Obscure

Usage

In literature:

While we were at Fosdinovo the sky filmed over, and there came a halo round the sun.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
With a final dab at the sky, he held his picture off from him, to mark the effect.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
The next day the sky was overcast.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
They pointed to the sky, the four winds, and the earth; then they began to smoke.
"Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister
I preferred to have the sky over my head, even a sky full of snow.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
What is in the sky, and over our heads, at a given hour, is under our feet, and yet always in the sky, twelve hours later.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
We were off the next morning, as the first streaks of dawn appeared in the sky.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
But he was not content with the altitude to which he could raise his kite or its beauty in the sky.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
And at this moment the warm breath of heaven blows down from the sky.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
A hardness, a gaze as empty of concern for Simon de Gobignon as the cloudless blue sky overhead.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Simon turned and stared out at the water of the harbor, a deeper blue than the sky.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Later the sky cleared, and the inverted mountains in the lake were scarcely less vivid than those which rose into the sky.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
It is by the application of this principle to the wider field of the sky that we are able to ascertain the distance of celestial bodies.
"Astronomy of To-day" by Cecil G. Dolmage
There he stood, making no sound, and looking into the west, where the sky was ablaze with stars over the tree-tops.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
Behind her Avalanche reared sheer and sharp and white against the sky.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
Stan looked down upon the killers from his perch in the sky.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
Harvest wagons rolled past, bright yellow against the blue sky.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
And the sky had been overcast and cloudy.
"The Variable Man" by Philip K. Dick
Even allowing for Rick's pride of ownership, the Sky Wagon was a beauty.
"The Golden Skull" by John Blaine
When there are a few clouds in the sky, are these usually scattered all over the sky, or are they in groups?
"Practical Exercises in Elementary Meteorology" by Robert DeCourcy Ward
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In poetry:

There! break out
Your wings and fly:
No tenderer creature
Beneath the sky.
"The Ladybird" by Clive Sansom
Far in the cradling sky,
Dawn opes his baby eye,
Then I awake and cry,
Woe is me!
"Woe Is Me" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Wonder in happy eyes
Fades, fades away:
And the angel-coloured skies
Whisper farewell.
"The Symphony" by Alfred Noyes
There are the blood-coloured fighters of Spain
There are the sky-coloured fighters of Greece
The bread the blood the sky and the right to hope
For all the innocents who hate evil
"Talking Of Power And Love " by Paul Eluard
Ah! when our wedded life begun,
Theäse clean-wall'd house of ours wer new;
Wi' thatch as yollor as the zun
Avore the cloudless sky o' blue;
The sky o' blue that then did bound
The blue-hilled worold's flow'ry ground.
"The New House A-Gettèn’ Wold" by William Barnes
Go, sun, since go you must,
The dusky evening lowers above our sky,
Our sky which was so blue and sweetly fair;
Night is not terrible that we should sigh.
A little darkness we can surely bear;
Will there not be more sunshine--by and by?
"A Farewell" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

PARIS (AP)—With the ball dropping from the sky in the middle of a point, a ball boy at the French Open suddenly appeared out of nowhere and ran onto the court.
Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) takes to the sky with his loyal companion Toothless.
When the first fireworks shoot off at Cotton Bowl Stadium, Nanda Sunuwar points to the sky and breaks into a rare, full-fledged smile.
Sky Tonight—February 8, Use Big Dipper 's Pointers to find Polaris.
Armed with two turbo-charged Cessna 206 aircraft and a slew of cameras, the Kenney Aerial Mapping crew takes to the sky.
A blip in Northern Sky.
Under a Blood Red Sky.
They roar through the Afghanistan sky, a symbol of US Marine Corps air superiority.
His latest is "The High-Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate".
It was very blue tonight as the sun set over the western sky at Lake Billy Chinook.
On fine spring days when the sky is blue and decked with clouds, a peculiar exodus takes place from Texas' cities.
Media from around the world cover the launch Space -X Falcon 9 from atop of the VAB as it lights up the sky during its liftoff from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Sunday, Oct 7, 2012.
California's Charismatic Megafauna in the Sky.
The sky really is falling in Walt Disney's computer-animated bucket o' fun.
Alaska Skies Busy this Time of Year.
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In science:

The ratio σsky+elec/σsky , averaged over all the pixels, gives a value of 1.06 .
Performance of the Pierre Auger Fluorescence Detector and Analysis of well recontructed events
First, when creating the composite sky spectrum, we used only those sky spectra that showed no visible contribution from the galaxy so that it was pure sky.
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
The curvature of the sky in the wide-field frames presented a new problem in determining local sky values and hence producing adequate photometry.
Results from the Wide Angle Search for Planets Prototype (WASP0) I: Analysis of the Pegasus Field
For very short sky coverage cadences, one has to be content with covering less sky, resulting in the discovery of fewer supernovae overall.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
For shorter sky coverage cadences less sky can be covered and so fewer SNe are discovered overall, although the epoch of each SN can be better constrained.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
To solve the 44Ti Sky con flict with a choice of the SNR (or SFR), an extremely low rate outside this range would of course explain the absence of 44Ti gammaray line sources in the sky.
Are Ti44-Producing Supernovae Exceptional?
The remaining sky spectra were then averaged to create a combined sky spectrum, using a sigma-clipping algorithm to eliminate cosmic rays.
The Variability and Rotation of Pre-main Sequence Stars in IC 348: Does Intracluster Environment Influence Stellar Rotation?
To account for this, we use the Haslam et al. (1982) 430-MHz all-sky catalogue scaled to the observing frequency of 1400 MHz assuming a sky background spectral index of −2.6 (Lawson et al.
The Parkes multibeam pulsar survey: VI. Discovery and timing of 142 pulsars and a Galactic population analysis
For example, the fact that the galaxy is spread over a larger area of the sky means that the outer pixels have more sky luminosity than galaxy luminosity, increasing the error in any galaxy value.
ARCHANGEL Galaxy Photometry System
Accurate sky determination will, in the end, serve as the final limit to the quality of surface photometry data since a ma jority of a galaxy’s luminosity distribution is near the sky value.
ARCHANGEL Galaxy Photometry System
Lastly, sky boxes are the easiest method of finding regions for sky determination outside the galaxy itself, particularly where an irregular ob ject may fill a ma jority of the data frame.
ARCHANGEL Galaxy Photometry System
Sky-subtraction residuals of this kind generally resulted when a small spectroscopic slit contained a bright serendipitous detection in addition to the target, the combination of which made it difficult to fit the sky background.
A Luminosity Function of Lyman Alpha Emitting Galaxies at Redshift 4.5
While the basemap provides a common reference frame and a view of the optical sky, the strength of Sky comes from its ability to incorporate and display user generated data (images, catalogs, time variable data, tours of the sky) on top of the basemap.
Sky in Google Earth: The Next Frontier in Astronomical Data Discovery and Visualization
Rotation in Sky is in the clockwise direction (opposite from that in Earth mode). 3D sketchup models for ob jects within Sky are not officially supported but may work.
Sky in Google Earth: The Next Frontier in Astronomical Data Discovery and Visualization
A/aB measurements under clear dark skies our results generally supported the model, ruling out poor skies.
Regarding the Potential Impact of Double Star Observations on Conceptions of the Universe of Stars in the Early 17th Century
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