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Sky, n. Also: skye, skie, skey, ske. Pl. also skyse, skise. [ME ski(e (13th c.), ske (a1300), sky (Cursor M.), ON ský a cloud.]

1. ? A cloud. To the superne eternall regioun Quhair noxiall skyis may mak no sogeorn; Dunb. App. xi 31.

2. The upper air, the firmament; the apparent vault of heaven. Also with qualifying term, and without def. art. (1) The sone in the sky wes schynyng so schir; Gol. & Gaw. 610.
Ixione … on a day … went vp in the sky, Sekand Juno; Henr. Orph. 495.
With heit and moysture stilland from the sky; Henr. Fab. 1684.
Our all cuntreis undirnethe the sky; Dunb. (OUP) 110/51.
He that is crownit abone the sky Pro nobis puer natus est; Dunb. (OUP) 4/55.
Dunb. (OUP) 160/44.
Dedalus … Sa bald was … To aventur hym self heich in the sky; Doug. vi i 16.
Scho … hed lever Ane nycht naikit into his armes ly, Na all the gold that wes wnder the sky; Stewart 55908.
By reasan that the lawmens dooms maks mention off the airth of the sky; 1583–4 Rec. Earld. Orkney 159.
This was the first day that brak the cloudis and cleiret the skye; Dalr. I 288/29.
(b) As Zepherus with bemis in the ske [: he]; Bann. MS I p. 15/3.
(2) I saw [the ship] approch agayn the orient sky; Dunb. G. Targe 50.
Abuf the sterrit sky; Doug. i v 55.
And the cleare christall sky banished the night; Craig v 5.
(3) Phebus … began ouirsile his visage dry With vapouris thik and cloudis full of sky; Bell. Boece I xv.
The Cristin conquerour Of euery kith and kinryk vndir sky; Bann. MS 31a/18.

3. pl. Mainly in verse: The heavens. (1) The skyis ranyd quhen he wald scowle And trublit all the aire; Crying of Play 35.
The skyes rang for schoutyng of the larkis; Dunb. G. Targe 25.
The ruby skyes of the orient; Dunb. G. Targe 38.
Quhone sabill all the hevin arrayis, With mystie vapouris, cluddis and skyis; Dunb. (OUP) 191/3.
Dunb. (OUP) 150/11.
The skyis oft lychtnyt with fyry levin; Doug. i ii 65.
Aurora the wak nycht dyd arest And chays fra hevyn with hir dym skyis donk; Doug. iii ix 3.
The lauerok maid melody vp hie in the skyis; Compl. 39/21.
We exhort ȝow … to descend from the hie skyis … amang men; Winȝet I 20/8.
Blaw up organis … quhill all the skyis resound; G. Ball. 93.
(b) With this begoud to cleir the skyse And mirknes went away; Burel Pilgr. ii 231.
Skise; Burel Pilgr. i 246.
The christall skyis vith color cleir celest; J. Stewart 137 § 6.
(2) The birdis … Illumynit our with orient skyis brycht; Dunb. (OUP) 142/41.
Donk Aurora with hir misty schouris Fleand off skyis the brycht reflexioun; Bell. Bann. MS I p. 3/7.
Agruif lay some, others with eyes to skyes; Adamson Muses Thr. 112.

4. In various phrases and collocations, denoting daylight, esp. in the early morning or evening: a. (The) day(is)-sky, dawn, daybreak; first light. Freq. const. to break (Brek v. 8 b). b. Skybrack, c. The sky breaking, the breaking of the sky, = a. d. Sky rising, setting, sunrise, sunset. e. Till the sky set, until sunset. f. After the sky, after sunset. g. The going to of the sky, (the) sky going to, sunset, dusk. h. Betwix sky and sky, from sky to sky, ? between dawn and dusk, or sunrise and sunset. i. Between the sun and sky, between first light and sunrise. a. (1) Get wp get wp we se the dayis sky; Fyve Bestes 244.
(2) Ane waich to stand at ylk end of the town … to waik outhouht the town quhill the day sky breik; 1524 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 73.
We ordand foir vaychmen at every end of the town, men and na laddis, and to waik quhill the day sky be brokin; 1533 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 132.
Syne in the morning as the da sky brak; Stewart 56872.
Stewart 10495.
(3) Quhill day skye brek; 1515 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 35.
b. Early in the morning befor skybraek; 1698 Misc. 3 Spald. C. II 113.
c. Fra about the sky braking till thrie efternone; Spalding II 287.
About the braking of the sky in the morning; Spalding II 287.
d. The Session made ane act that non should gather war or seawrack from Saturday att skey setting till Munday att skey rysing; 1683 Cullen Kirk S. 5 Nov.
e. Drinking … on the Lord's day till the skie sett; 1655 Cramond Ch. Grange 22.
f. The sessione finding that milns did often grind on the Lords day in the morning befor day & at night after the skie; 1648 Cullen Kirk S. 9 April.
g. (1) [He arrived] about the ganging to off the skye; 1598 Ellon Presb. 22.
The countrie people, about this tyme, hard nichtlie tovking of drumis, begining about the sky going to, and continewing quhill 8 houris at evin; Spalding II 101.
(2) He met that man … efter sky goeing too with moone light; 1661 Elgin Rec. II 297.
h. This assemblie ordaines there be no fishing [on the Sabbath day] betuix sky and sky; 1660 Moray Synod 129.
The profanation of the Sabbath day by salmond fishing particularly from sky to sky; 1660 Cramond Ch. Speymouth 27.
i. George Sim [declared] that Bailȝe Murray directed him off between the sun & skie on Saturndays nicht; 1670 Cullen Kirk S. 4 Sept.

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