Pronunciation: (skī),[key] —n., pl.skies, —v.skied or skyed, sky•ing.
—n.Often,skies(for defs. 1–4). 1. the region of the clouds or the upper air; the upper atmosphere of the earth: airplanes in the sky; cloudy skies. 2. the heavens or firmament, appearing as a great arch or vault.
3. the supernal or celestial heaven: They looked to the sky for help. 4. the climate: the sunny skies of Italy. 5. Obs.a cloud.
6. out of a or the clear sky, without advance notice or warning; abruptly: An old beau phoned her out of a clear sky.Also,out of a or the clear blue sky. 7. to the skies, with lavishness or enthusiasm; extravagantly: to praise someone to the skies.Also,to the sky.
—v.t. 1. Informal.to raise, throw, or hit aloft or into the air.
2. Informal.to hang (a painting) high on a wall, above the line of vision.
3. sky up,Falconry.(of prey, when flushed) to fly straight upward.