1. The event or time of the appearance of the upper circumferential edge of the sun as it rises above the horizon, typically the eastern horizon except for extreme latitudes.
2. The sky as the sun rises: saw a beautiful sunrise.
3. An outset or emergence: the sunrise of classical art and sculpture.
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