Definition for SUN

SUN, n. [Sax. sunna; Goth. sunno; G. sonne; D. zon; Sans. sunuh. The Danish has Söndag, Sunday, Slav. Sonze. Qu. W. tan, Ir. teine, fire, and shan, in Bethshan.]

  1. The splendid orb or luminary which, being in or near the center of our system of worlds, gives light and heat to all the planets. The light of the sun constitutes the day, and the darkness which proceeds from its absence, or the shade of the earth, constitutes the night. – Ps. cxxxvi.
  2. In popular usage, a sunny place; a place where the beams of the sun fall; as, to stand in the sun, that is, to stand where the direct rays of the sun fall.
  3. Any thing eminently splendid or luminous; that which is the chief source of light or honor. The native Indians of America complain that the sun of their glory is set. I will never consent to put out the sun of sovereignty to posterity. – K. Charles.
  4. In Scripture, Christ is called the sun of righteousness, as the source of light, animation and comfort to his disciples.
  5. The luminary or orb which constitutes the center of any system of worlds. The fixed stars are supposed to be suns in their respective systems. Under the sun, in the world; on earth; a proverbial expression. There is no new thing under the sun. – Eccles. i.

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