Main definitions of solar in English

: solar1solar2

solar1

adjective

  • 1Relating to or determined by the sun.

    ‘solar radiation’
    • ‘For the professional astronomers, the main subject of inquiry was the solar corona.’
    • ‘By then solar science was thriving and astronomers began keeping daily logs of the number of spots on the Sun.’
    • ‘Specific problems which Lexell studied in astronomy were his calculation of the solar parallax and his calculation of the orbits of several comets.’
    • ‘Collisions between energetic particles and the solar atmosphere also produce neutrons and gamma rays.’
    • ‘These plasma flows transport, concentrate, and help spread out solar magnetic fields.’
    • ‘As they move around as the Sun spins, sunspots near the solar equator return to their starting point in about twenty-five days.’
    • ‘Sunspots and solar storms tend to occur in 11-year cycles; the current cycle peaked in late 2000.’
    • ‘Until that day, solar astronomers will continue to watch the sun with trepidation, never knowing what might erupt next.’
    • ‘Most of the spots that did appear were located near the solar equator and scarcely lasted for more than one rotation of the Sun.’
    • ‘The bright star Sirius appeared again in the predawn sky, having been lost in the solar glare for a couple of months.’
    • ‘Mars has only the tiniest trace of a magnetic field, nothing like the huge bubble that surrounds the earth and protects us from solar and cosmic radiation.’
    • ‘At the Earth's surface, the atmosphere acts as an extra blanket to stop all but the most energetic of the solar and galactic radiation.’
    • ‘Space is a hostile environment due to solar radiation, particle impacts and the intense cold of deep space.’
    • ‘A large solar particle event can produce enough radiation to kill an unprotected astronaut.’
    • ‘Algol comprises two large stars, one about three times the solar diameter, the other four times.’
    • ‘The encounter also shortened the comet's solar orbit time from about 40 years to less than seven.’
    • ‘Large solar disturbances heat Earth's upper atmosphere, causing it to expand.’
    • ‘Meteorites represent a fossil record of the early conditions of the solar nebula.’
    • ‘Early theories about sunspots were many and various including that sunspots were clouds or sunspots were solar asteroids.’
    • ‘Some asteroids orbit at a solar distance where their year is matched to Jupiter's year.’
    1. 1.1Relating to or denoting energy derived from the sun's rays.
      ‘solar heating’
      • ‘All the classrooms incorporate energy-efficient lighting and passive solar heating.’
      • ‘The Greens' policy of interest-free loans for solar heating in homes would cut energy demand and save people money, Mr Donald said.’
      • ‘It produces no carbon emissions, thanks to solar heating and clever design.’
      • ‘Fifteen sports will be catered for in a huge Olympic Park, where the Olympic village will be powered by solar and geothermal energy.’
      • ‘Our goal should be that half the buildings constructed in 2010 would require only solar heating or cooling systems.’
      • ‘Any site having solar and electromagnetic energy is good for residence.’
      • ‘There are few attempts to utilize solar and wind energy.’
      • ‘The teacher says her tiny pupils have already become firm believers in ecological solar - generated energy.’
      • ‘The zoo built a new enclosure for the otters last year, complete with waterfalls and solar heating to keep the correct temperatures.’
      • ‘Funding for research into renewable energy sources like solar, geothermal and biomass would also be trimmed.’
      • ‘Ground-source heat pumps pull energy from solar heat stored in the surface layer of the ground.’
      • ‘It is believed that a minor perturbation in solar heating caused by orbital changes could lead to another ice age or warming period.’
      • ‘The Northern Territory has plentiful resources of renewable energy, solar, wind, wave, tidal.’
      • ‘There are several sources of sustainable energy such as solar and wind power that is also eco-friendly.’
      • ‘This solar house manages considerable energy saving through passive means without excessive costs or gadgetry.’
      • ‘Wind, solar and wave energy are being touted again as the cheap, clean fuels of the future.’
      • ‘Alternative energies such as solar, wind and sea power will generate a fair amount of energy but won't be enough on their own.’
      • ‘Passive solar heating is provided by black, water-filled tubes on the roof that mimic dinosaur capillaries.’
      • ‘We have to popularise non-conventional energy such as solar and wind energy.’
      • ‘They reflect the lithological and mineralogical variations of exposed rocks and soils by separating the solar reflected energy into six spectral bands.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin solaris, from sol sun.

Pronunciation:

solar

/ˈsōlər/

Main definitions of solar in English

: solar1solar2

solar2

noun

British
  • An upper chamber in a medieval house.

    • ‘No one would have believed that she was the sort of woman who would rather be climbing the rigging on a ship than embroidering a pillow in the solar.’
    • ‘I would hazard a guess that what he found were nail holes on part of the panelled screen commonly found in the better class of English medieval house between the hall and the solar.’
    • ‘The lilting notes of Cein's flute filled the air as Edith sat amongst her ladies-in-waiting in her private solar.’
    • ‘Sighing, Valerian set down her needlework and followed the seven year old to the window of the solar.’
    • ‘Pray that the stairs are passable all the way to the solar.’

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French soler, from Latin solarium gallery, terrace.

Pronunciation:

solar

/ˈsōlər/