• Exposure to public scrutiny.

    "Budgeting a spy organization can't very well be done in daylight."

  • A clear, open space.

    "Finally, after weeks of work on the project, they could see daylight."

  • A light source that simulates daylight.
  • Daybreak.

    "We had only two hours to work before daylight."

  • A clear, open space.

    "He could barely see daylight through the complex clockwork."

  • (idiomatic) Emotional or psychological distance between people, or disagreement.

    "We completely agree. There's no daylight between us on the issue."

  • The light from the Sun, as opposed to that from any other source.
  • The period of time between sunrise and sunset.

    "We should get home while it's still daylight."

  • A clear, open space.

    "All small running backs instinctively run to daylight."

  • (countable, machinery) The space between platens on a press or similar machinery.

    "The minimum and maximum daylights on an injection molding machine determines the sizes of the items it can make."

  • (countable, photometry) The intensity distribution of light over the visible spectrum generated by the Sun under various conditions or by other light sources intended to simulate natural daylight.


  • To expose to daylight
  • (landscaping, civil engineering) To run a drainage pipe to an opening from which its contents can drain away naturally.
  • To allow light in, as by drawing drapes.
  • (architecture) To provide sources of natural illumination such as skylights or windows.
  • (intransitive) To gain exposure to the open.

    "The seam of coal daylighted at a cliff by the river."

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