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a sunrise


From Middle English sonne-rys, sunne ryse, equivalent to sun +‎ rise. Compare Middle English son risyng, sunne rijsyng, sonne-rysing (sunrise, literally sun rising).


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsʌnɹaɪz/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌnɹaɪz


sunrise (countable and uncountable, plural sunrises)

  1. The time of day when the sun appears above the eastern horizon.
    Synonyms: sunup, crack of dawn, dawn, (slang) sparrow-fart; see also Thesaurus:dawn
    Antonyms: sunset, sundown; see also Thesaurus:dusk
    Coordinate term: moonrise
    I'll meet you at the docks at sunrise.
  2. The change in color of the sky at dawn.
    Did you see the beautiful sunrise this morning?
  3. (figuratively) Any great awakening.
    It was the sunrise of her spirit.
    • 1915, Mrs. Hugh Fraser, Storied Italy[1]:
      Her face shone for a moment with new and unearthly splendour, her eyes lighted up with a very sunrise of joy.
    • 1898, F. R. Chandler, The Story of Lake Geneva, Or, Summer Homes for City People[2]:
      It is in its zenith at mid-June, a very sunrise of Nature; and what with its forest and flower- fringed shores, its palace homes and parks, each with its white-winged or canopied yacht for skimming the lake at will, it at once occurred to me that Paradise had already been discovered and appropriated by Lake Geneva loiterers.


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sunrise (third-person singular simple present sunrises, present participle sunrising, simple past and past participle sunrised)

  1. (business, uncommon, transitive) To phase in.
    Antonym: sunset
    • 2015, Matthias Gross, Linsey McGoey, editors, Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies[3], Routledge, →ISBN:
      In the first type (upper left quadrant), alternative industrial movements (AIMs) focus on the sunrising of new technologies.

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