American English

Definition of sky noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [countable, uncountable] (pl. skies)
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  1. 1  the space above the earth that you can see when you look up, where clouds and the sun, moon, and stars appear You usually say the sky. When sky is used with an adjective, use a… sky. You can also use the plural form skies, especially when you are thinking about the great extent of the sky
  2. 2 What's that in the sky? The sky suddenly went dark and it started to rain. the night sky a cloudless sky cloudless skies a land of blue skies and sunshine The skies above the river were ablaze with a spectacular firework display. Topic CollocationsThe Weathergood weather be bathed in/bask in/be blessed with/enjoy bright/brilliant/glorious sunshine the sun shines/warms something/beats down (on something) the sunshine breaks/streams through something fluffy/wispy clouds drift across the sky a gentle/light/stiff/cool/warm breeze blows in/comes in off the sea the snow crunches beneath/under somebody's feet/bootsbad weather thick/dark/storm clouds form/gather/roll in/cover the sky/block out the sun the sky darkens/turns black a fine mist hangs in the air a dense/heavy/thick fog rolls in the rain falls/comes down (in buckets/sheets)/pours down snow falls/comes down/covers something/blankets something the wind blows/whistles/howls/picks up/whips through something/sweeps across something strong/gale-force winds blow/gust (up to 80 mph) a storm is approaching/is moving inland/hits/strikes/rages thunder rolls/rumbles/sounds (forked/sheet) lightning strikes/hits/flashes a (blinding/snow) blizzard hits/strikes/blows/rages a tornado touches down/hits/strikes/destroys something/rips through something forecast/expect/predict rain/snow/a category-four hurricane rain pours (down) get caught in/seek shelter from/escape the rain be covered/shrouded in mist/a blanket of fog be in for/brave/shelter from a/the storm hear rolling/distant thunder be battered/buffeted by strong winds battle against/brave the elementsthe weather improves the sun breaks through the clouds the sky clears/brightens (up)/lightens (up) the clouds part/clear the rain stops/lets up/holds off the wind dies down the storm passes the mist/fog lifts/clears
  3. Idioms
    the great …in the sky (humorous)
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    used to refer to where a particular person or thing is imagined to go when they die or are no longer working, similar to the place they were connected with on earth Their pet rabbit had gone to the great rabbit hutch in the sky.
    pie in the sky (informal)
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    an event that someone talks about that seems very unlikely to happen This talk of moving to Australia is all just pie in the sky.
    praise somebody/something to the skies
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    to praise someone or something a lot
    the sky's the limit (informal)
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    there is no limit to what someone can achieve, earn, do, etc. With a talent like his, the sky's the limit.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sky