- 1The warmest season of the year, in the northern hemisphere from June to August and in the southern hemisphere from December to February: the plant flowers in late summer a long hot summer [as modifier]: summer vacation • figurative the golden summer of her lifeMore example sentences
- The southern tip of South America is chilly, even in the summer month of December.
- The inland region has a continental climate with very cold winters, hot, humid summers, and spring and autumn seasons that are often rainy.
- This site has a humid continental climate with warm summers, cool winters and no distinct dry season.
- 1.1 Astronomy The period from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox.More example sentences
- The five days that weren't included were in the middle of the summer when Sirius, the dog star, can be seen near the rising sun.
- Simply put, you are more likely to see a lunar eclipse during a long winter night than a short summer night.
- The Autumnal Equinox signals the end of the summer months and the beginning of winter.
- 1.2 (summers) • literary Years, especially of a person’s age: a girl of sixteen or seventeen summersMore example sentences
- At the age of eight summers his father had been assassinated.
- Even though he is eight summers everyone knows he is nay a fighter.
- After sixteen summers a child of the plain, no matter what gender or tribe, goes through the rite of passage.
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- 1Spend the summer in a particular place: well over 100 birds summered there in 1976More example sentences
- These birds summer in Alberta Canada and winter at the Aransas Wildlife Refuge in Texas.
- Birds summering in northern Europe, where waters are closed by ice in winter, show the strongest migratory movements.
- Diane and John Connelly are seen toasting Patsy and Greg Fourticq at O'Rourke's on their return to Houston after summering in Colorado Springs, Colo.
- 1.1 [with object] Pasture (cattle) for the summer.More example sentences
- They summered the cattle in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of eastern California and then moved them each fall to winter pasture in the lower elevations of western Nevada where the home ranch is located.
- My husband and his father raised beef cattle for many years and they summered the cattle on a piece of mountain property which they owned.
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- It was summery warm in London yesterday, and for the first time this year, the tables were out in the little square, and the sunshades were up.
- On the morning we broke camp, the weather also broke, and a warm, summery breeze blew.
- They came into town by train, and were met with a sunny, summery town in the middle of the Ilkley Summer Festival.
Old English sumor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zomer, German Sommer, also to Sanskrit samā 'year'.
(also summertree /ˈsəmərˌtrē/)
- 1A horizontal bearing beam, especially one supporting joists or rafters.More example sentences
- Overhead, in the center, was the summer-tree, a timber 20x14 inches, into which the joist was framed, planed (and so was the under side of the chamber floor), with no lath or plaster.
Middle English: from Old French somier 'packhorse', from late Latin sagmarius, from Greek sagma 'packsaddle'.