skies


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skies

 (skīz)
n.
Plural of sky.
v.
Third person singular present tense of sky.

sky

(skaɪ)

n., pl. skies, n.
1. the region of the clouds or the upper air; upper atmosphere of the earth.
2. the heavens or firmament, appearing as a great arch or vault.
3. the supernal or celestial heaven.
4. the climate: the sunny skies of Italy.
5. Obs. a cloud.
v.t.
6. to raise, throw, or hit aloft or into the air.
7. to hang (a painting) high on a wall, above the line of vision.
Idioms:
out of a or the clear (blue) sky, without any advance warning.
Often, skies (for defs. 1-4).
[1175–1225; Middle English < Old Norse skȳ cloud, c. Old English scēo, Old Saxon skio cloud]
sky′like`, adj.
References in classic literature ?
In the room by the desk she went through a ceremony that was half a prayer, half a demand, addressed to the skies.
His eyes wandered from the bosom of the mound, where the foresters were seated around their glimmering fire, to the fainter light which still lingered in the skies, and then rested long and anxiously on the embodied gloom, which lay like a dreary void on that side of him where the dead reposed.
In the solitude of night, with the hum of the great city rising below her-- at times even in theatres or crowded assemblies of men and women-- she forgot herself, and again stood in the weird brilliancy of that moonlight night in mute worship at the foot of that slowly-rising mystic altar of piled terraces, hanging forests, and lifted plateaus that climbed forever to the lonely skies.
This idea of his transitory stay on earth gave the last emphasis to the effect which the preacher had produced; it was if an angel, in his passage to the skies, had shaken his bright wings over the people for an instant -- at once a shadow and a splendour -- and had shed down a shower of golden truths upon them.
what shall be grand in thee, it must needs be plucked at from the skies, and dived for in the deep, and featured in the unbodied air!
Honestly, and with tears running down his own cheeks, he spoke of a heart of love in the skies, of a pitying Jesus, and an eternal home; but the ear was deaf with anguish, and the palsied heart could not feel.
The farmer's cart-path, which leads directly through their hall, does not in the least put them out, as the muddy bottom of a pool is sometimes seen through the reflected skies.
Lo, I command the fell spirit that possesses the holy fountain to now disgorge into the skies all the infernal fires that still remain in him, and straightway dissolve his spell and flee hence to the pit, there to lie bound a thousand years.
One marches continually between walls that are piled into the skies, with their upper heights broken into a confusion of sublime shapes that gleam white and cold against the background of blue; and here and there one sees a big glacier displaying its grandeurs on the top of a precipice, or a graceful cascade leaping and flashing down the green declivities.
Shall I be car-ri-ed toe the skies, on flow'ry BEDS
He was a pleasant, earnest speaker, and he interwove his discourse with stories of life in a foreign land,--of the manners, the customs, the speech, the point of view; even giving glimpses of the daily round, the common task, of his own household, the work of his devoted helpmate and their little group of children, all born under Syrian skies.
A splendid Midsummer shone over England: skies so pure, suns so radiant as were then seen in long succession, seldom favour even singly, our wave-girt land.