Meaning of daylight in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdeɪlʌɪt/

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mass noun
  • 1The natural light of the day.

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


    see daylight
    • 1Gain public exposure or attention.

      ‘old photographs that rarely see daylight’
      • ‘Also on the 24th, the long-awaited Peter Gabriel album will finally see daylight.’
      • ‘The memorable trips are there, captured in old photographs that rarely see daylight.’
      • ‘If all the circumstances of his killing see daylight, the pressure for a full public inquiry will be irresistible.’
      • ‘Since the man did not see daylight in the English-language press, I am going to recount several of his more famous appearances.’
      • ‘It is just a fact and its real meaning will never see daylight ".’
      • ‘But I see daylight down the road and feel it is part the Master's plan.’
      • ‘And why an entire generation has entered the world and reached maturity with plans for a new Bronx Terminal Market just starting to see daylight.’
      • ‘I never thought it would see daylight again.’
      • ‘Sorry about all the comments that were submitted yesterday evening and that didn't see daylight till this morning.’
      • ‘The Democrats can see daylight ahead.’
    • 2Begin to understand what was previously puzzling or unclear.

      ‘Sam saw daylight. ‘You think he might be your father?’’
      • ‘I don't really expect that the white politicians are going to see daylight tomorrow because we have a new national chief.’
      • ‘It was as if she was seeing daylight for the first time.’
    — the living daylights out of
    • Do the specified thing to (someone) with great severity.

      ‘he beat the living daylights out of them’
      • ‘he can scare the living daylights out of a cinema audience’
      • ‘it frightened the daylights out of me’
      • ‘He was employed as a ‘scary actor’ - one of the living figures who people the dungeon and scare the living daylights out of visitors.’
      • ‘He could be very funny, harshly cruel, and would use his sharp wit and temper to scare the living daylights out of paranoid politicians who had him followed in the night.’
      • ‘Thus, swearing evolved a useful purpose as a buffer between fury and the instinct to beat the living daylights out of each other.’
      • ‘These true stories of dark doings, loose ends, and unexplained terror keep us up at night, defy all reason, and scare the living daylights out of us.’
      • ‘The only reason why I didn't beat the living daylights out of Travis was because Lisa begged me not to.’
      • ‘I would take them out into the front street and beat the living daylights out of them.’
      • ‘I looked up to see a seventeen-year-old standing over me, about to beat the living daylights out of my eleven-year-old body.’
      • ‘Have I mentioned that heights scare the living daylights out of me?’
      • ‘He had a sudden urge to beat the living daylights out of Taylor.’
      • ‘I growled and tried to figure out a way to get some slack for my arms so that I could beat the living daylights out of the idiot that had hold of me.’
      • ‘So one night she hides in the cemetery and figures to scare the living daylights out of him.’
      • ‘I told him since he seemed unable to assure that my daughter would be safe in his school I'd sue the living daylights out of him, the school, the city etc.’
      • ‘"You scared the living daylights out of me, " Natalia whispered harshly.’
      • ‘"Yeah and you scare the living daylights out of me because of it.’
      • ‘She wasn't ashamed to admit he scared the living daylights out of her.’


      From daylights meaning ‘eyes’, hence ‘any vital organ’.