skywalker

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

sky +‎ walker

Noun[edit]

skywalker (plural skywalkers)

  1. One who walks in the sky; usually used figuratively.
    1. (specifically) A member of the Mohawk group of Native Americans; especially, one who works or worked in high steel in New York City.
      • 2004, Christopher Peterson, Martin E. P. Seligman, et al., Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification, Oxford University Press US, ISBN 978-0-19-516701-6, page 227:
        A particularly brave tribe of Native Americans, the Mohawks, have been called skywalkers because of their ability to navigate heights (Hill, 1987). Members of the tribe because particularly well known when they assisted with the building of the Empire State Building and other Manhattan skyscrapers. [] Their membership in these small, tight-knit groups likely promoted bravery among the skywalkers.
    2. (by extension from previous) Any high ironworker.
    3. One who walks along a skywalk, or skyway.
      • 1983, in Industrial Photography, Volume 32,[1] United Business Publications, page lxxiii:
        [] and help individual skywalkers feel at home in their new surroundings. Many times, Seitz said, pedestrians will feel ill at ease on a skywalk at first because they have lost their street corner orientation.
      • 1989 March, Greg Evans, “Conventional Wisdom”, in Cincinnati Magazine, Volume 22, Number 6, CM Media Inc., ISSN 0746-8210, page 48:
        And if you notice an unusually litter-free skywalk, don’t presume that your fellow skywalkers have taken it upon themselves to give a hoot.
      • 1998, Gregory Wolfe, Sacred Passion: The Art of William Schickel,[2] University of Notre Dame Press, page 104:
        Since the view from the skywalk opened onto a huge expanse of brick—an adjacent building had been torn down—officials from the city decided that a wall painting would provide a beautiful and stimulating sight for the skywalkers.