Definition of daylight in English:



  • 1The natural light of the day.

    ‘there were two hours of daylight left’
    [as modifier] ‘the daylight hours’
    • ‘This site is open all year round in daylight hours and is free of charge.’
    • ‘Plants were illuminated by natural daylight, supplemented by sodium lamps.’
    • ‘The daylight was fading fast as the sun went down behind the mountains.’
    • ‘Natural daylight was supplemented with mercury vapour lamps.’
    • ‘At the other end bright daylight shone through a frosted panel.’
    • ‘She stared at the dancing flames for hours, daylight passing to twilight and then to darkness.’
    • ‘I was awakened by the beams of daylight shining through the cabin window.’
    • ‘They also recommend hunters check out the land during daylight hours to identify public footpaths and other obvious dangers.’
    • ‘Sam shook her head, squinting her eyes in the rapidly fading daylight.’
    • ‘He came with a weapon right in broad daylight in front of tourists.’
    • ‘Cool thieves stole a £15,000 steel cabin in a daring daylight raid.’
    • ‘The roof of the protective shelter needs repairs to shut out the daylight streaming through.’
    • ‘The shade's structure excludes direct sunlight but allows diffuse daylight to pass through.’
    • ‘Because we had only oil lamps for light I only worked during daylight hours.’
    • ‘The American forces were responsible for the daylight bombing, the British for nighttime bombing.’
    • ‘High above he could see daylight filtering through vegetation.’
    • ‘As daylight faded, fireflies started to spark high above in the canopy.’
    • ‘Poinsettias thrive on bright, sunny natural daylight.’
    • ‘Soon there was enough daylight filtering in to see their way clearly.’
    • ‘Councillors agreed to restrict the use of the car park to daylight hours, with the gates being locked at 8pm each evening.’
    natural light, sunlight, light of day
    daytime, daylight hours, day, hours of sunlight
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    1. 1.1The first appearance of light in the morning; dawn.
      ‘I returned at daylight’
      • ‘I definitely wanted the animal out of my driveway before daylight and the Monday morning carpool.’
      • ‘Before daylight Peter had returned to the scene of his crime and picked up where he had left off teaching.’
      • ‘The daylight creeping up on night just outside my window would be the last of anything I saw out that window.’
      • ‘It wasn't until daylight this morning, I found that a window in my front door had been badly cracked.’
      • ‘I returned to the same spot at daylight and resumed where I left off.’
      • ‘The man and the woman work on it from daylight to dusk.’
      • ‘Night passed and daylight began to creep over the horizon; the chirping of wild birds woke me.’
      • ‘It was daylight before Dusty had returned.’
      • ‘The next morning at first daylight we prepared the cars, we packed our bags, we got ready to leave the hotel.’
      • ‘They worked from daylight to dusk to get it all ready.’
      • ‘Just after midway between midnight and daylight, Aver left the house.’
      • ‘But as daylight broke, Mr Grogan was returned victorious.’
      • ‘As it was, the darkness of night was beginning to give way to the gloaming before daylight.’
      dawn, daybreak, break of day, crack of dawn, sunrise, first light, first thing in the morning, early morning, cockcrow
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    2. 1.2Visible distance between one person or thing and another.
      figurative ‘their views on education are so close that it's difficult to see daylight between them’
      ‘the growing daylight between himself and the leading jockey’
      • ‘Brent Peters' men finally put some daylight between the two sides in the 90th minute.’
      • ‘Joe McCann and Sean McDermott continued to score vital baskets to keep daylight between the teams.’
      • ‘Garryowen responded quickly and two tries and a penalty put daylight between the teams.’
      • ‘The Blues now began to see daylight between themselves and their hosts with a 12-23 lead.’
  • 2Used to emphasize the severity or thoroughness of an action.

    ‘my father beat the living daylights out of them’
    ‘he can scare the living daylights out of a cinema audience’
    • ‘It was such a treat to shock the daylights out of him.’
    • ‘Performing at Prithvi has terrified the daylights out of me.’
    • ‘It turned out to be nothing, but scared the daylights out of me.’
    • ‘The cops aren't smart enough to hear news helicopters chopping over their heads as they kick the daylights out of suspected car thieves.’
    • ‘It had him pinned and was choking the daylights out of him.’
    • ‘But some teams overcame that inherent deficit by slugging the daylights out of the ball on 0-0.’
    • ‘You hurt one man of mine and knocked the daylights out of another, stole my horse and tried to kill me.’
    • ‘We stayed friends however, until he decided that girls had germs, and promptly settled for bugging the daylights out of me.’
    • ‘Birds were chirping brightly outside… I wanted to punch their daylights out.’
    • ‘Why are we not working right now to develop their good will prior to our bombing the daylights out of them?’
    • ‘He wisely refrained from punching the daylights out of the man.’
    • ‘We've got a reputation of being real nasty when it comes to contracts, because I'll scratch the daylights out of a contract, and they don't like that.’
    • ‘One day in an ice-stricken back alley I saw a fat little man beat the daylights out of four larger, stronger assailants.’
    • ‘The snooty royal English sat on their powdered bums and taxed the daylights out of the poor citizens.’
    • ‘He teases the daylights out of me.’
    • ‘She sat there, muttering to herself and overall amusing the daylights out of me.’
    • ‘The film looks like jolly fun, but includes images that will scare the daylights out of little kids.’
    • ‘The young man grabbed Kayla's arms before she could beat the daylights out of the captain.’
    • ‘He would have beaten the daylights out of anyone who would have treated his only daughter in such a fashion.’
    • ‘The Professor admits to having gone on much longer than intended about a subject that will bore the daylights out of readers.’