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a. The light or the direct rays from the sun.
b. The warmth given by the sun's rays.
c. A location or surface on which the sun's rays fall.
a. Radiant cheerfulness; geniality.
b. A source of cheerfulness.
3. Public access or scrutiny: attempts to open the legislative process to more sunshine.

sun′shin′y adj.
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1. (Astronomy) the light received directly from the sun
2. the warmth from the sun
3. a sunny area
4. a light-hearted or ironic term of address
ˈsunˌshiny adj
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1. the shining of the sun; direct light of the sun.
2. cheerfulness or happiness.
3. a source of cheer or happiness.
4. the effect of the sun in lighting and heating a place.
5. a place where the direct rays of the sun fall.
6. of or denoting a law requiring a government agency to open its official meetings and records to the public.
sun′shin′y, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sunshine - the rays of the sunsunshine - the rays of the sun; "the shingles were weathered by the sun and wind"
light, visible light, visible radiation - (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation; "the light was filtered through a soft glass window"
sunburst - a sudden emergence of the sun from behind clouds
sunbeam, sunray - a ray of sunlight
2.sunshine - moderate weathersunshine - moderate weather; suitable for outdoor activities
atmospheric condition, weather, weather condition, conditions - the atmospheric conditions that comprise the state of the atmosphere in terms of temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation; "they were hoping for good weather"; "every day we have weather conditions and yesterday was no exception"; "the conditions were too rainy for playing in the snow"
3.sunshine - the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom; "flowers added a note of cheerfulness to the drab room"
attribute - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
disposition, temperament - your usual mood; "he has a happy disposition"
good-humoredness, good-humouredness, good-naturedness, good-temperedness - a cheerful willingness to be obliging
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ضُوْءُ الشَّمْسضوء الشَّمْسمَرَح وسَعادَه
sluneční světlosluneční svitštěstí
sunčev sjaj
slnečné svetlo
sončna svetloba
ánh nắng


A. N
1.sol m, luz f del sol
in the sunshineal sol
hours of sunshine (Met) → horas fpl de sol
daily average sunshinemedia f de horas de sol diarias
2. hello, sunshine! (to little girl) → ¡hola, nena!
now look here, sunshine (iro) → mira, macho
B. CPD sunshine law N (US) ley que obliga a mantener informado al público
sunshine roof N (Aut) → techo m solar
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈsʌnʃaɪn] nsoleil m
a day of brilliant sunshine
BUT une journée radieuse.
in the sunshine → au soleil
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


[ˈsʌnˌʃaɪn] n(luce f del) sole m
hours of sunshine (Met) → ore fpl di sole
she's a little ray of sunshine (iro) → è una dolce creatura
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(san) noun
1. the round body in the sky that gives light and heat to the earth. The Sun is nearly 150 million kilometres away from the Earth.
2. any of the fixed stars. Do other suns have planets revolving round them?
3. light and heat from the sun; sunshine. We sat in the sun; In Britain they don't get enough sun; The sun has faded the curtains.
verbpast tense, past participle sunned
to expose (oneself) to the sun's rays. He's sunning himself in the garden.
ˈsunless adjective
without sun, or lacking sunlight. a sunless room.
ˈsunny adjective
1. filled with sunshine. sunny weather.
2. cheerful and happy. The child has a sunny nature.
ˈsunniness noun
ˈsunbathe verb
to lie or sit in the sun, especially wearing few clothes, in order to get a suntan.
ˈsunbeam noun
a ray of the sun.
ˈsunburn noun
the brown or red colour of the skin caused by exposure to the sun's rays.
ˈsunburned, ˈsunburnt adjective
sunburnt faces.
ˈsundial noun
a device, usually in a garden, for telling time from the shadow of a rod or plate on its surface cast by the sun.
ˈsundown noun
(especially American) sunset.
ˈsunflower noun
a type of large yellow flower with petals like rays of the sun, from whose seeds we get oil.
ˈsunglasses noun plural
glasses of dark-coloured glass or plastic to protect the eyes in bright sunlight.
ˈsunlight noun
the light of the sun. The cat was sitting in a patch of sunlight.
ˈsunlit adjective
lighted up by the sun. a sunlit room.
ˈsunrise noun
the rising of the sun in the morning, or the time of this.
ˈsunset noun
the setting of the sun, or the time of this. the red glow of the sunset.
ˈsunshade noun
a type of umbrella for sheltering a person from the sun; a parasol.
ˈsunshine noun
1. the light of the sun. The children were playing in the sunshine.
2. cheerfulness or happiness.
ˈsunstroke noun
a serious illness caused by being in very hot sunshine for too long.
ˈsuntan noun
a brown colour of the skin caused by exposure to the sun. I'm trying to get a suntan.
catch the sun
to become sunburnt.
under the sun
in the whole world. I'm sure that he must have visited every country under the sun.
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ضُوْءُ الشَّمْس sluneční svit solskin Sonnenschein λιακάδα brillo del sol auringonpaiste ensoleillement sunčev sjaj luce del sole 日光 햇빛 zonneschijn solskinn światło słoneczne brilho do sol, luz do sol солнечный свет solsken แสงอาทิตย์ gün ışığı ánh nắng 阳光
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Throughout this preparation there had been a constant tremor in Hepzibah's frame; an agitation so powerful that Phoebe could see the quivering of her gaunt shadow, as thrown by the firelight on the kitchen wall, or by the sunshine on the parlor floor.
The June roses over the porch were awake bright and early on that morning, rejoicing with all their hearts in the cloudless sunshine, like friendly little neighbors, as they were.
Bright grew the sunshine, and the soft summer air Was filled with the music of flowers singing there; But faint grew the little bud with thirst and pain, And longed for the cool dew; but now 't was in vain.
The vivid colours of their draped raiment and the gold of their earrings invested with a barbaric and regal magnificence their figures, stepping out freely in a shower of broken sunshine. The whiteness of their teeth was still more dazzling than the splendour of jewels at their ears.
He walked up, and a little boy, playing unconcernedly in the sunshine, started at his approach and fled quickly away: to him the stranger was the enemy.
Warmed by the spring sunshine he sat in the caleche looking at the new grass, the first leaves on the birches, and the first puffs of white spring clouds floating across the clear blue sky.
The next morning she went to play with the flowers in the warm sunshine, and thus passed away a day.
Gaily bedight, A gallant knight, In sunshine and in shadow, Had journeyed long, Singing a song, In search of Eldorado.
In truth, so little did these poor young people deserve the mighty prize which had lured them thither, that they had slept peacefully all night, and till the summits of the hills were glittering with sunshine; while the other adventurers had tossed their limbs in feverish wakefulness, or dreamed of climbing precipices, and set off to realize their dreams with the earliest peep of dawn.
It had, indeed, a very cheery aspect, the walls being overspread with a kind of stucco, in which fragments of broken glass were plentifully intermixed; so that, when the sunshine fell aslant-wise over the front of the edifice, it glittered and sparkled as if diamonds had been flung against it by the double handful.
There was only one cloud that now and then came across Adam's sunshine: Hetty seemed unhappy sometimes.
Pale-golden and vermilion orchids flaunted their unhealthy blossoms in the golden, dripping sunshine that filtered through the matted roof.