Definition of daylight in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdeɪlʌɪt/


[mass noun]
1The natural light of the day: [as modifier]: the daylight hours
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  • 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.
natural light, sunlight, light of day
daytime, daylight hours, day, hours of sunlight;
broad daylight
1.1The first appearance of light in the morning; dawn: I returned at daylight
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  • 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.
dawn, daybreak, break of day, crack of dawn, sunrise, first light, first thing in the morning, early morning, cockcrow;
North American  sunup
literary dawning, peep of day, aurora, dayspring
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
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  • 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 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
From daylights meaning 'eyes', hence 'any vital organ'
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  • 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.

see daylight

1Gain public exposure or attention: old photographs that rarely see daylight
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  • 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.
2Begin to understand what was previously puzzling or unclear: Sam saw daylight. ‘You think he might be your father?’
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  • 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.
understand, comprehend, realize, find out, see the light, work out what's going on, get the point
informal cotton on, catch on, tumble, latch on, get the picture, get the message, get the drift, get it, get wise, see what's what, savvy, have an aha moment
British informal twig

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