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Meaning of sky by Wiktionary Dictionary


    A blue sky

    Alternative forms

    • skie ( obsolete )


    From Middle English, from Old Norse skȳ ( “cloud” ), from Proto-Germanic *skiwjan, *skiwô ( “cloud, cloud cover, haze” ), from Proto-Indo-European *( s )k( ' )ew-, *( s )keu- ( “sky, cloud” ). Cognate with Old English scēo ( “cloud” ), Old Saxon scio, skio, skeo ( “light cloud cover” ), Old Irish cēo ( “sky” ), Irish ceo ( “mist, fog” ). Also related to Old English scūa ( “shadow, darkness” ), Latin obscūrus ( “dark, shadowy” ), Sanskrit ( skunāti, “he covers” ) .


    • IPA: /skaɪ/, X-SAMPA: /skaI/
    • Rhymes: -aɪ


    sky ( plural: skies )

    1. ( obsolete ) A cloud .
    2. The atmosphere above a given point, especially as visible from the ground during the day .
      That year, a meteor fell from the sky .
    3. The part of the sky which can be seen from a specific place or at a specific time; its condition, climate etc .
      I lay back under a warm Texas sky .
      We're not sure how long the cloudy skies will last .
    4. Heaven .
      This mortal has incurred the wrath of the skies .

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    sky ( third-person singular simple present skies present participle skying, simple past and past participle skyed )

    1. ( sports ) to hit, kick or throw ( a ball ) extremely high.



    By Wiktionary ( 2012/06/03 04:52 UTC Version )

    Alternative forms

    • -ski
    • -skii
    • -skij



    1. Alternative spelling of -ski .

Explanation of sky by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. throw or toss with a light motion

    1. the atmosphere and outer space as viewed from the earth

    Definition of sky by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Sky ( skī ), n.; pl. Skies ( skīz ). [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.]
      1. A cloud. [Obs.]

      [A wind] that blew so hideously and high,

      That it ne lefte not a sky

      In all the welkin long and broad. Chaucer.

      2. Hence, a shadow. [Obs.]

      She passeth as it were a sky. Gower.

      3. 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. Shak.

      4. The wheather; the climate.

      Thou wert better in thy grave than to answer with thy uncovered body this extremity of the skies. Shak.

      ☞ Sky is often used adjectively or in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, sky color, skylight, sky-aspiring, sky-born, sky-pointing, sky-roofed, etc.

      Sky blue, an azure color. -- Sky scraper ( Naut. ), a skysail of a triangular form. Totten. -- Under open sky, out of doors. “Under open sky adored.” Milton.

    2. Sky, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Skied or Skyed; p. pr. & vb. n. Skying]
      1. To hang ( a picture on exhibition ) near the top of a wall, where it can not be well seen. [Colloq.]

      Brother Academicians who skied his pictures. The Century.

      2. To throw towards the sky; as, “to sky a ball at cricket”. [Colloq.]