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- The direct rays, light or warmth of the sun.
We were warmed by the bright sunshine.
- A location on which the sun's rays fall.
We moved out of the shade and into the sunshine.
- 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapterII:
- Out again into the sunshine by the wide mouth of the Green River, as the chart named the brook whose level stream scarce moved into the lake. A streak of blue shot up it between the banks, and a shrill pipe came back as the kingfisher hastened away.
- Geniality or cheerfulness.
I enjoyed the sunshine of her smile.
- A source of cheerfulness or joy.
- The effect which the sun has when it lights and warms some place.
- (Britain) Friendly form of address often reserved for juniors.
Alright sunshine, safe to cross now.
- (Britain) Ironic form of address used to an inferior or troublemaker.
OK, sunshine, listen up and listen good. There's five vandalised telephone boxes out there and I know you're responsible.
- (humorous) Used to address someone who has just woken up and/or is very sleepy.
Good morning, sunshine!
direct rays of the sun
location on which the sun's rays fall
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- (light from the sun): sunlight
sunshine (not comparable)
- (chiefly US) Open to and permitting public access, especially with regard to activities that were previously closed-door or back-room meetings.
Because of the sunshine law, we could go to the planning meeting.
permitting public access
- ^ Chambers Dictionary of Etymology, Robert K. Barnhart (ed.), Chambers, 1988
- Webster's College Dictionary, Random House, 2001