n. pl. skies (skīz)
1. The expanse of air over any given point on the earth; the upper atmosphere as seen from the earth's surface.
2. often skies The appearance of the upper atmosphere, especially with reference to weather: Threatening skies portend a storm.
3. The celestial regions; the heavens: stars in the southern sky.
4. The highest level or degree: reaching for the sky.
v. skied (skīd), sky·ing, skies (skīz)
1. To hit or throw (a ball, for example) high in the air.
2. To hang (a painting, for example) high up on the wall, above the line of vision.
To jump very high in order to make a play, as in getting a rebound in basketball.
[Middle English ski, from Old Norse skȳ, cloud; see (s)keu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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