- the light of day; sunlight
- dawn; daybreak
- full understanding or knowledge of something hidden or obscure
- the approaching end of a task or an ordeal: to see daylight ahead
- [pl.]Slang the eyes
- [pl.]Informal consciousness: often used hyperbolically, as in scare (or beat or knock, etc.) the daylights out of
- The light of day; sunlight.
- a. Dawn: at work before daylight.b. Daytime.
- Exposure to public notice: corrupt business practices that were finally brought to daylight.
- Understanding or insight into what was formerly obscure: new evidence that gave the researchers some daylight into the matter.
- Sports An opening, as between defensive players, especially one providing an opportunity for action: The running back found some daylight and gained six yards.
- daylights Slang One's wits: “His adventurism had scared the daylights out of them” ( Frederick Forsyth )
(countable and uncountable, plural daylights)
- The light from the Sun, as opposed to that from any other source.
- A light source that simulates daylight.
- (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.
- The period of time between sunrise and sunset.
- We should get home while it's still daylight.
- We had only two hours to work before daylight.
- Exposure to public scrutiny.
- Budgeting a spy organization can't very well be done in daylight.
- A clear, open space.
- All small running backs instinctively run to daylight.
- He could barely see daylight through the complex clockwork.
- Finally, after weeks of work on the project, they could see 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.
- (idiomatic) Emotional or psychological distance between people, or disagreement.
- We completely agree. There's no daylight between us on the issue.
(third-person singular simple present daylights, present participle daylighting, simple past and past participle daylighted or daylit)
- To expose to daylight
- (architecture) To provide sources of natural illumination such as skylights or windows.
- To allow light in, as by drawing drapes.
- (landscaping, civil engineering) To run a drainage pipe to an opening from which its contents can drain away naturally.
- (intransitive) To gain exposure to the open.
- The seam of coal daylighted at a cliff by the river.