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sunshine

Definitions

  • Haystacks in Sunshine
    Haystacks in Sunshine
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sunshine the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom "flowers added a note of cheerfulness to the drab room"
    • n sunshine moderate weather; suitable for outdoor activities
    • n sunshine the rays of the sun "the shingles were weathered by the sun and wind"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1890, there was no sunshine for the whole month of December in Westminster in London.
    • Sunshine Anything which has a warming and cheering influence like that of the rays of the sun; warmth; illumination; brightness. "That man that sits within a monarch's heart,
      And ripens in the sunshine of his favor."
    • a Sunshine Sunshiny; bright. "Sunshine hours."
    • Sunshine The light of the sun, or the place where it shines; the direct rays of the sun, the place where they fall, or the warmth and light which they give. "But all sunshine, as when his beams at noon
      Culminate from the equator."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mushrooms have no chlorophyll so they don't need sunshine to grow and thrive. Some of the earliest commercial mushroom farms were set up in caves in France during the reign of King Louis XIV (1638-1715).
    • n sunshine The light of the sun, or the space on which it shines; the direct rays of the sun, or the place where they fall.
    • n sunshine Figuratively, the state of being cheered by an influence acting like the rays of the sun; anything having a genial or beneficial influence; brightness; cheerfulness.
    • sunshine Sunny; sunshiny; hence, prosperous; untroubled.
    • sunshine Of or pertaining to the sunshine; of a fair-weather sort.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: St. Petersburg, FL once had 427 consecutive days of sunshine.
    • Sunshine the shining light of the sun: the place on which it shines: warmth
    • adjs Sunshine bright with sunshine: pleasant: bright like the sun
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Quotations

  • Helen Keller
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    “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.”
  • William A. Ward
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    “Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or a foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn or a dusk.”
  • Luther Burbank
    Luther Burbank
    “Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.”
  • John Hay
    John Hay
    “Friends are the sunshine of life.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A ray of sunshine, a balmy breeze Are a gift from God above, And He also gives us faithful friends. To warm our hearts with love.”
  • Sir James M. Barrie
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    “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sunne; Ice. sunna, Ger. sunne.

Usage

In literature:

From the opening of February week follows week in a monotony of warm sunshine.
"Stray Studies from England and Italy" by John Richard Greene
The day, which had opened in sunshine, was now become grey, very still and depressing.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
He stared out into the sunshine.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
Having made Husky comfortable, she took her work out into the sunshine.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
The boy for whose life she was pleading thought it was like sunshine after a storm.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
There was sunshine every day, and every day plenty to eat, and nothing to think of but pleasure.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Anne Lisbeth's boy also sat in the sunshine on the top of the fence, cutting out a little toy.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Would she ever see a continuous stretch of sunshine again?
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
The sunshine grew pallid and the prairies lay dull and endless.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
It was delicious, the instant I stepped out among the oaks and into the sunshine.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
The rain had ceased; behind the Col du Pigeonnier sunshine fell through a rift in the watery clouds.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
Look out for windows to let in the fresh air and sunshine.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Almost it hurt her, to look out of the window and see the lilacs towering in the vivid sunshine.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
One is warm in the sunshine in the streets, when he is fairly frozen in the house.
"Italy, the Magic Land" by Lilian Whiting
In that one week of rain and sunshine, how the leaves had grown!
"A Singer from the Sea" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
There is ample space between every little bit of sunshine in these quarters.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
When the negro opened the blinds and let in a drift of sunshine, they turned into a snarl of rainbows that fairly blinded me.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
Did not rain to-day but we had but little sunshine.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
And then father got up from his seat, his face glowing in the sunshine, and said: 'Now I know how our Lord in heaven must feel.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
I was merry before, but now I feel as if I had been bathed in sunshine.
"The Sword of Damocles" by Anna Katharine Green
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In poetry:

Ceaseless aspiring,
Ceaseless content,
Darkness or sunshine
Thy element;—
"The Fountain" by James Russell Lowell
I could believe ye were shadows of earth,
Echoes of hopes that are vain,
But for the music ye bring to my heart,
Waking its sunshine again.
"Dreams Of Beauty" by Adah Isaacs Menken
With that I felt the gloom depart,
And thoughts within me did unfold,
Whose sunshine warmed me to the heart,--
I walked in joy, and was not cold.
"Sea-Mews In Winter Time" by Jean Ingelow
With these a kindred life I ask,--
Not wealth that mortals vainly seek;
But, in heaven's sunshine let me bask,
My heart as glowing as my cheek;--
"Flight To Nature" by William Gilmore Simms
Beneath the hills, whose shadows seem
Fit haunt for lonely sounds that be,
Flows, half in sunshine, Yarrow stream,
The spirit of all I hear and see.
"By Saint Mary's Lake" by Alexander Anderson
Oh, sunshine, warm me through,
    And, soft wind, blow away
My foolishness, my fears,
And let some golden years
    Grow from this golden day!
"Top of The Hill" by Sarah Orne Jewett

In news:

Here, it's sunshine and balmy breezes right through the holidays and into the New Year.
Operation Sunshine visits Kamp Kiwanis in Taberg.
Want to trade in your cubicle for some sunshine and palm trees.
Jewel of the Sunshine State.
If the voters approve June 5, the city of Aberdeen plans to sell 4.09 acres of surplus city park land that is east of Sunshine Park.
I love the sunshine, the barbecues, the concerts in the park—but I hate my summer hair.
I have a thermometer outside the west metro weather lab that is 4 feet off the ground, over grass, in direct sunshine.
The nice weather and sunshine has put most people in a better mood.
Harry How/Getty ImagesMatt Kemp and Marcus Thames feel fine in the sunshine.
As a golden lab, Sunshine instinctively loves to run and play in the water.
NORTH OGDEN — Some city council members are concerned over a "D" rating the city's website received from the Sunshine Review, a nonprofit organization that looks at state and local government transparency.
Segregation And Speed-Painting In The Sunshine State.
New Zealand Wines Come With a Dose of Sunshine.
A Taste of Lengthy Sunshine from a Last-Minute Marinade .
Just warm, pleasant daytime sunshine (low-to-mid 80s) and clear, comfortable nights (50s and 60s).
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In science:

Even at the great distance between the earth and the sun, sunshine will melt the ice cube in about 40 minutes.
How the sun shines
The ALMA antennas will be used to a shortest wavelength of about 0.3 mm while located at 5000 m altitude in Chile under rather extreme conditions of strong wind and sunshine.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
During this period the wind was calm (< 5 m/s) and temperature changes of 15 C were encountered. A later 5 day series in mid June gave RMS errors from 22-26 µm with temperature variation up to 20 C, wind speeds up to 10 m/s and periods of full sunshine.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
Moreover, the subsidence of air in its interior leads to clear skies and an abundance of sunshine that leads to high temperatures.
Extreme Associated Functions: Optimally Linking Local Extremes to Large-scale Atmospheric Circulation Structures
The first corresponds to a high pressure system, leading to clear skies over the Netherlands, an abundance of sunshine and a warm southeasterly flow.
Extreme Associated Functions: Optimally Linking Local Extremes to Large-scale Atmospheric Circulation Structures
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