• WordNet 3.6
    • n daylight light during the daytime
    • n daylight the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside "the dawn turned night into day","it is easier to make the repairs in the daytime"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Daylight savings time started during World War I, so Americans could use as much natural lighting as possible and conserve energy needed for war production. Despite the Uniform Time Act, which Congress passed in 1966 to standardize the time change, several states within the United States do not observe Daylight Saving Time. They are Arizona, Hawaii, parts of Indiana, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.
    • Daylight The eyes.
    • Daylight The light of day as opposed to the darkness of night; the light of the sun, as opposed to that of the moon or to artificial light.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The brightest star in history was the supernova of 1054, which formed the Crab Nebula. It was brighter than Venus and bright enough to be seen in daylight and to cast a shadow at night. We know about it through the astronomic records of China and Japan.
    • n daylight The light of day; the direct light of the sun, as distinguished from night and twilight, or from artificial light.
    • n daylight Daytime as opposed to night-time; the time when the light of day appears; early morning.
    • n daylight The space left in a wine-glass between the liquor and the brim, and not allowed when bumpers are drunk, the toast-master calling out, “No daylights!”
    • n daylight plural The eyes.
    • n daylight A name of the American spotted turbot, Lophopsetta maculata, a fish so thin as to be almost transparent, whence the name. Also called window-pane.
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  • Brendan F. Behan
    Brendan F. Behan
    “I am a daylight atheist.”
  • Walter Bagehot
    “We must not let daylight in upon the magic.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “Nothing is poetical if plain daylight is not poetical; and no monster should amaze us if the normal man does not amaze.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Love prefers twilight to daylight.”
  • Vince Lombardi
    “Run for daylight.”


Beat the daylights out of someone - If someone beats the daylights out of another person, they hit them repeatedly. ('Knock' can also be used and it can be made even stronger by saying 'the living daylights'.)
Burning daylight - Burning daylight is wasting time.
Daylight robbery - If you are overcharged or underpaid, it is a daylight robbery; open, unfair and hard to prevent. Rip-off has a similar meaning.
In broad daylight - If a crime or problem happens in broad daylight, it happens during the day and should have been seen and stopped.
Scare the daylights out of someone - If you scare the daylights out of someone, you terrify them. (This can be made even stronger by saying 'the living daylights'.)


In literature:

It made daylight between them, though, day by day as they ran together like two that run a race.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Broad daylight found them on the Prague highroad, not three miles from Konopisht Schloss.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
The Kakisas, with a gasp of terror, fled, and could not be tempted to return until daylight.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
Before daylight the lookout reported two sail in sight, and at daybreak the ship was fairly surrounded by the enemy's vessels.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
General Bean is within three miles of Newville, waiting for daylight, owing to the firing in that direction.
"The Boy Scout Automobilists" by Robert Maitland
However, as a rule, foot troops do not start before broad daylight; mounted troops, when practicable, about an hour after broad daylight.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
The stars became visible in broad daylight, large and sparkling, like clear and gentle eyes.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
It was daylight again when Nevil returned to Wanaha.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Before daylight came I went back to the cave.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
Daylight Brings No Relief.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker

In poetry:

I waited all the daylight,
All through noon's hot flame:
In the evening's gray light,
Lo, the Master came!
"Waiting" by George MacDonald
'And when they ceased as daylight faded
From the dusky sky
The pensive nightingale began
Her matchless melody?
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
My will fulfilled shall be,
For, in daylight or in dark,
My thunderbolt has eyes to see
His way home to the mark.
"Boston Hymn" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Now that the daylight dies away,
By all Thy grace and love,
Thee, Maker of the world, we pray
To watch our bed above.
"Now That the Daylight Dies Away" by Augusta Treverorum
O mother, open the window wide
And let the daylight in;
The hills grow darker to my sight
And thoughts begin to swim.
"At Last" by Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal
Daylight and leaves and flowers,
Summer and song of bird! —
All vanished! — dreams forever gone,
Unseen, unheard!
"Midnight" by Harriet Beecher Stowe

In news:

A Casper woman witnesses her home burglarized in broad daylight.
At this year's NAB Show, Litepanels will debut the Sola 4 daylight Fresnel fixture, the smallest DMX controllable LED Fresnel on the market.
The new focusable Sola 4 features a 4-inch Fresnel lens and employs Litepanel's LEDs for soft light quality in 5600°K daylight color balance.
The daylight-balanced Sola 6 provides the controllability and light-shaping properties inherent in a Fresnel light, but utilizes just a fraction of the power of conventional fixtures.
Flattering the daylights out of Rob Reiner and his " Spinal Tap " crew, Rusty Cundieff turns "Fear of a Black Hat" into an unapologetic " Spinal Tap " imitation.
After " springing ahead" into Daylight Saving Time, evening darkness comes much later in the Adirondacks.
The increase in the hours of daylight is imperceptibly slow near the Winter Solstice, with the days lengthening by only a few seconds.
TIJUANA – With daylight-saving time in Mexico set to take effect Sunday – three weeks after it took place in the United States – frequent border commuters are more than ready for the clock confusion to end.
Clocks 'fall back' Sunday as daylight saving time ends.
Daylight saving time will end this weekend, when clocks "fall back" one hour to standard time , starting at 2 am Sunday.
Daylight saving time ends for this year early on Sunday, Nov 4.
Essentially we will be changing back to " standard time " which refers to time without daylight saving time.
At 2 am Sunday, time moves from daylight saving to standard.
If you are like me, you hate daylight savings time.
BALTIMORE (AP) – A crazy, back-and-forth duel that began in daylight and ended well after nightfall was decided by a slump-ridden shortstop and a veteran making his season debut.

In science:

The rirst results of application of these devices for the detection of flames in daylight conditions and for the detection of scintillation lights from noble liquids will be presented.
The Development of Sealed UV Sensitive Gaseous Detectors and their Applications
This detector is able to detect small flames in daylight conditions without using any filters.
The Development of Sealed UV Sensitive Gaseous Detectors and their Applications
They exchanged a key over a distance of 150 m in a hallway illuminated with standard fluorescent lighting and 75 m outdoor in bright daylight without excessive QBER.
Quantum Cryptography
More recently, they even improved their system to reach a distance of 1.6 km under daylight conditions (Buttler et al. 2000).
Quantum Cryptography
Peterson, 2000a, “Free-space quantum key distribution in daylight”, J.
Quantum Cryptography