Meaning of SOLAR in English



Pronunciation: ' s ō -l ə r, - ˌ lär

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin solaris, from sol sun; akin to Old English & Old Norse s ō l sun, Lithuanian saul ė , Greek h ē lios

Date: 15th century

1 : of, derived from, relating to, or caused by the sun < solar phenomena>

2 : measured by the earth's course in relation to the sun < solar time> <a solar year> also : relating to or reckoned by solar time

3 a : produced or operated by the action of the sun's light or heat < solar energy> < solar cooker> b : utilizing the sun's rays especially to produce heat or electricity <a solar house> also : of or relating to such utilization < solar design> < solar subsidies>

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.