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noun, plural skies. Often, skies (for defs 1–4).
the region of the clouds or the upper air; the upper atmosphere of the earth:
airplanes in the sky; cloudy skies.
the heavens or firmament, appearing as a great arch or vault.
the supernal or celestial heaven:
They looked to the sky for help.
the climate:
the sunny skies of Italy.
Obsolete. a cloud.
verb (used with object), skied or skyed, skying.
Informal. to raise, throw, or hit aloft or into the air.
Informal. to hang (a painting) high on a wall, above the line of vision.
Verb phrases
sky up, Falconry. (of prey, when flushed) to fly straight upward.
out of a / the clear sky, without advance notice or warning; abruptly:
An old beau phoned her out of a clear sky.
Also, out of a/the clear blue sky.
to the skies, with lavishness or enthusiasm; extravagantly:
to praise someone to the skies.
Also, to the sky.
noun (pl) skies
(sometimes pl) the apparently dome-shaped expanse extending upwards from the horizon that is characteristically blue or grey during the day, red in the evening, and black at night related adjectives celestial empyrean
outer space, as seen from the earth
(often pl) weather, as described by the appearance of the upper air: sunny skies
the source of divine power; heaven
(informal) the highest level of attainment: the sky’s the limit
to the skies, highly; extravagantly
verb skies, skying, skied
(rowing) to lift (the blade of an oar) too high before a stroke
(transitive) (informal) to hit (a ball) high in the air
The atmosphere, as seen from a given point on the Earth’s surface. The sky appears to be blue because the wavelengths associated with blue light are scattered more easily than those that are associated with the other colors.


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