Definition of sunshine in US English:



  • 1Direct sunlight unbroken by cloud, especially over a comparatively large area.

    ‘we walked in the warm sunshine’
    • ‘The climate is characterized by abundant sunshine, wide daily temperature ranges, low humidity, and rainfall averaging only 9 inches a year.’
    • ‘Their ideal holiday would include warm, swimmable seas, sunshine and good food.’
    • ‘When it comes to solar power, the Navajos have an advantage because the vast majority of their days have sunshine - often without a cloud in the sky.’
    • ‘A raised timber deck area to one side takes full advantage of the afternoon sunshine while a cobblelock patio area borders the back of the house.’
    • ‘The sunshine glimmers on the surface of the ocean, which, depending on the print, assumes shades of green, blue, brown or even white.’
    • ‘The center of the painting, illuminated by bright sunshine, emphasizes the leaves' light yellows and greens, and also throws the slender, dark brown verticals of the trees into strong relief.’
    • ‘It's a postcard-perfect day on the Toronto Islands - thousands revel in the summer sunshine, sitting on the grass, sipping a drink while listening to the latest in indie rock.’
    • ‘His mind wandered as he felt the warm sunshine and listened to the singing birds.’
    • ‘Objects kept out of doors are subject to weathering from rain, wind, sunshine, and the disintegrating action of frost, as well as to attack by pollutants from industrial atmospheres and vibration.’
    • ‘We want adventure, sunshine, relaxation and the chance to meet other young people.’
    • ‘Instead of enduring cold and snow, however, we will enjoy bright Italian sunshine, wonderful food, and warm local hospitality.’
    • ‘During the winter, its southerly location guarantees warm weather and sunshine when our own more northerly climes turn bleak.’
    • ‘This paradise, surrounded by hills of olive groves and cypress trees with views of the lush Valpolicella vineyards and bathed in warm sunshine, is a wonderful place for the family to visit this summer.’
    • ‘They spend their days being happy chickens on the green grass in the fresh air and sunshine (and occasional rain shower, of course), and they lay absolutely delicious eggs.’
    • ‘The island plays host to several microclimates and in the space of a one-hour winter drive, you can experience warm sunshine, blustery winds, heavy rainfall and blue skies again.’
    • ‘It's been raining off and on all morning, leaving the grass slick, the roads pitted with muddy pools, and the sky churning with sunshine and shadow.’
    • ‘Exposing prints to direct sunshine, but also artificial light from bulbs is one of the worst and most frequent mistakes.’
    • ‘His is a land of sunshine, rainbows, and waterfalls - a total idyllic paradise.’
    • ‘One is also soothed and warmed by the brilliant sunshine that illuminates the painting.’
    • ‘For the rest of the time, we basked in glorious sunshine and, in the evening, watched the sun dip below the western sea with just a few clouds obscuring its decline.’
    sunlight, sun, sun's rays, sunbeams, daylight, light of day, natural light, light
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    1. 1.1 Cheerfulness; happiness.
      ‘their colorful music can bring a ray of sunshine’
      • ‘Unfortunately, it isn't all sunshine and laughter in the Tortoise camp.’
      • ‘With the coda taken at a fierce clip, the brilliant concluding string flourishes were like musical sunshine greeting the joy of spring.’
      • ‘I could just rationalize the idea that he wants to be open and honest and that I'm a ray of the disinfecting sunshine.’
      • ‘Despite this, there are times when rays of golden pop sunshine fall upon the album and make me question how bittersweet the irony is.’
      • ‘Yet shining like a ray of blissed-out sunshine and catapulting its way into your consciousness amidst this mediocrity is the quite simply gorgeous title track.’
      happiness, cheerfulness, cheer, gladness, laughter, gaiety, merriment, joy, joyfulness, glee, blitheness, bliss, sparkle, joviality, jollity
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