(often initial capital letter) the star that is the central body of the solar system, around which the planets revolve and from which they receive light and heat: its mean distance from the earth is about 93 million miles (150 million km), its diameter about 864,000 miles (1.4 million km), and its mass about 330,000 times that of the earth; its period of surface rotation is about 26 days at its equator but longer at higher latitudes.
the sun considered with reference to its position in the sky, its visibility, the season of the year, the time at which or the place where it is seen, etc.
a self-luminous heavenly body; star.
sunshine; the heat and light from the sun:
to be exposed to the sun.
a figure or representation of the sun, as a heraldic bearing usually surrounded with rays and marked with the features of a human face.
something likened to the sun in brightness, splendor, etc.
sunrise or sunset:
They traveled hard from sun to sun.
verb (used with object), sunned, sunning.
to expose to the sun’s rays.
to warm, dry, etc., in the sunshine.
to put, bring, make, etc., by exposure to the sun.
verb (used without object), sunned, sunning.
to be exposed to the rays of the sun:
to sun in the yard.
against the sun, Nautical. counterclockwise.
place in the sun, a favorable or advantageous position; prominence; recognition:
The new generation of writers has achieved a place in the sun.
under the sun, on earth; anywhere:
the most beautiful city under the sun.
with the sun, Nautical. clockwise.
the star at the centre of our solar system. It is a gaseous body having a highly compressed core, in which energy is generated by thermonuclear reactions (at about 15 million kelvins), surrounded by less dense radiative and convective zones serving to transport the energy to the surface (the photosphere). The atmospheric layers (the chromosphere and corona) are normally invisible except during a total eclipse. Mass and diameter: 333 000 and 109 times that of earth respectively; mean distance from earth: 149.6 million km (1 astronomical unit) related adjective solar
any star around which a planetary system revolves
the sun as it appears at a particular time or place: the winter sun
the radiant energy, esp heat and light, received from the sun; sunshine
a person or thing considered as a source of radiant warmth, glory, etc
a pictorial representation of the sun, often depicted with a human face
(poetic) a year or a day
(poetic) a climate
(archaic) sunrise or sunset (esp in the phrase from sun to sun)
catch the sun, to become slightly sunburnt
place in the sun, a prominent or favourable position
(nautical) shoot the sun, take the sun, to measure the altitude of the sun in order to determine latitude
touch of the sun, slight sunstroke
under the sun, beneath the sun, on earth; at all: nobody under the sun eats more than you do
verb suns, sunning, sunned
to expose (oneself) to the sunshine
(transitive) to expose to the sunshine in order to warm, tan, etc
Often Sun. A medium-sized, main-sequence star located in a spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy, orbited by all of the planets and other bodies in our solar system and supplying the heat and light that sustain life on Earth. Its diameter is approximately 1.4 million km (868,000 mi), and its mass, about 330,000 times that of Earth, comprises more than 99 percent of the matter in the solar system. It has a temperature of some 16 million degrees C (27 million degrees F) at its core, where nuclear fusion produces tremendous amounts of energy, mainly through the series of reactions known as the proton-proton chain. The energy generated in the core radiates through a radiation zone to an opaque convection zone, where it rises to the surface through convection currents of the Sun’s plasma. The Sun’s surface temperature (at its photosphere) is approximately 6,200 degrees C (11,200 degrees F). Turbulent surface phenomena analogous to the Earth’s weather are prevalent, including magnetic storms, sunspots, and solar flares. The Sun was formed along with the rest of the solar system about 4.5 billion years ago and is expected to run out of its current hydrogen fuel in another 5 billion years, at which point it will develop into a red giant and ultimately into a white dwarf. See Table at solar system. See Note at dwarf star.
The star around which the Earth revolves.
Note: The sun is about 4.5 billion years old and is expected to remain in its present state for approximately another six billion years; it will eventually evolve into a white dwarf.
(Heb. shemesh), first mentioned along with the moon as the two great luminaries of heaven (Gen. 1:14-18). By their motions and influence they were intended to mark and divide times and seasons. The worship of the sun was one of the oldest forms of false religion (Job 31:26,27), and was common among the Egyptians and Chaldeans and other pagan nations. The Jews were warned against this form of idolatry (Deut. 4:19; 17:3; comp. 2 Kings 23:11; Jer. 19:13).
noun 1. a tall East Indian shrub, Crotalaria juncea, of the legume family, having slender branches and yellow flowers, and an inner bark that yields a hemplike fiber used for making ropes, sacking, etc. 2. the fiber. noun 1. a leguminous plant, Crotalaria juncea, of the East Indies, having yellow flowers 2. the hemplike fibre […]
noun, Islam. 1. Also called Sunnite. a member of one of the two great religious divisions of Islam, regarding the first four caliphs as legitimate successors of Muhammad and stressing the importance of Sunna as a basis for law. Compare Shiʿite. 2. (used with a plural verb) the Sunni Muslims. noun 1. one of the […]
adjective, sunnier, sunniest. 1. abounding in sunshine: a sunny day. 2. exposed to, lighted, or warmed by the direct rays of the sun: a sunny room. 3. pertaining to or proceeding from the sun; solar. 4. resembling the sun. 5. cheery, cheerful, or joyous: a sunny disposition. adjective -nier, -niest 1. full of or exposed […]
plural noun 1. (informal) a pair of sunglasses