/sʌn / (say sun)

1. (often upper case) the star which is the central body of the solar system and around which the planets revolve, and from which they receive light and heat. Its mean distance from the earth is about 1.5 × 108 kilometres, its diameter about 1.4 × 106 kilometres, and its mass about 332 958 times that of the earth. Its period of surface rotation is about 26 days at its equator but longer in greater latitudes.
2. the sun considered with reference to its position in the sky, its visibility, the season of the year, the time at which or the place where it is seen, etc.
3. a self-luminous heavenly body.
4. sunshine: to be exposed to the sun.
5. a figure or representation of the sun, as a heraldic bearing usually surrounded with rays and charged with the features of a human face.
6. something likened to the sun in brightness, splendour, etc.
verb (sunned, sunning)
verb (t)
7. to expose to the sun's rays.
8. to warm, dry, etc., in the sunshine.
9. to put, bring, make, etc. (as specified), by exposure to the sun's rays.
verb (i)
10. to expose oneself to the sun's rays.
11. a place in the sun, a pleasant or advantageous situation.
12. one's time in the sun, the moment when one is at the peak of one's chosen profession or pursuit, winning acclaim from others.
13. sun up, (of weather) to clear and become sunny.
14. under the sun, on earth: the most beautiful girl under the sun.
{Middle English and Old English sunne}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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