Definition of blue-sky in English:


(also blue-skies)


  • [attributive] Not yet practical or profitable.

    ‘blue-sky research’
    • ‘The cause and symptom of this is failure to tell - and face - the dreadful truth: this failure pervades many of the news reports and much of the commentary we read, and reinforces the blue-sky world that many want to exist.’
    • ‘Which might well serve as a warning to those who frequently indulge in aeronautical blue-sky thinking without regard for the practicality, or indeed the desirability, of their vision.’
    • ‘Once considered blue-sky research, the field has produced such milestones as carbon nanotubes a few hundred millionths of an inch thick that function as the world's tiniest transistors.’
    • ‘Once demand-management principles have been accepted, blue-sky thinking simply turns into a brainstorming exercise to fine-tune the practical implementation of restraint.’
    • ‘You know, the ones where a bunch of people are told to sit down and talk about things on a blue-sky basis brainstorm (yes, people still use the word ‘brainstorm’ seriously).’
    • ‘Moving toward network-centric warfare and leveraging technologies to this end requires investment in blue-sky research and cutting-edge innovation, much of which does not yield the military results expected.’
    • ‘It's no coincidence that all the companies in this story hone their innovation skills by making time for blue-sky inventing.’
    • ‘The company spent millions on blue-sky projects which had very little chance of being commercialised, leaving it with a shortage of cash when its lead product was hit by a two-year delay.’
    • ‘Are we living in a blue-sky dream, where the terrifying reality - the horror of the choice before us, and the responsibility either way - is pushed out of our consciousness?’
    • ‘Action against public disorder should be among the basic policies of any government, taken as a matter of course rather than celebrated as the result of blue-sky thinking.’
    • ‘At this particular time, companies are showing only a slow return to any enthusiasm for investment of any kind, let alone blue-sky developments.’
    • ‘We've seen through their blue-sky jargon, bullet-point presentations and efforts to squander public money on flights of fancy.’
    • ‘After more than a decade of generally dull design, when it was a common complaint that the majority of cars looked drearily alike, a welcome touch of blue-sky anarchy is breaking out.’
    • ‘But most party platforms are collections of blue-sky promises with few details and little indication of how they will be paid for.’
    • ‘There is a lack of funding for blue-sky research.’
    • ‘He is also trying to change the perception of spin-outs, which are more commonly associated with university boffins trying to commercialise blue-sky research.’
    • ‘Equally, the market doesn't always know what it needs and blue-sky research will continue to produce many of the most successful technologies from a commercial viewpoint.’
    • ‘The startups being acquired now have real technology to offer - and buyers have real needs, not just blue-sky visions.’
    • ‘This could be because these latter companies concentrate more on traditional product and process innovation rather than blue-sky innovation.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, however, the problem all along has been the focus on blue-sky programmes instead of ones that could actually deliver some discernible medical benefit.’
    inventive, imaginative, innovative, innovatory, innovational, experimental, original
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[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Make impractical or as yet unachievable plans.