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.
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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.