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solstice

Line breaks: sol|stice
Pronunciation: /ˈsɒlstɪs
 
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Definition of solstice in English:

noun

Either of the two times in the year, the summer solstice and the winter solstice, when the sun reaches its highest or lowest point in the sky at noon, marked by the longest and shortest days.
Example sentences
  • The minimum length of shadow during a day is less in summer than in winter and at the solstices it changes from lengthening to shortening or visa versa.
  • Now that the solstice has passed, winter is officially upon us.
  • This first day of summer - the solstice, when the sun is at its peak - was traditionally a time of celebration for the ancient Druids.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from Latin solstitium, from sol 'sun' + stit- 'stopped, stationary' (from the verb sistere).

Derivatives

solstitial

1
Pronunciation: /sɒlˈstɪʃ(ə)l/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The Druids, whose Stonehenge temples can be seen in England, regarded mistletoe with reverence and used to burn it in sacrifice during the solstitial festivities.
  • In Egypt generally, the solstitial worship followed that of the May and equinoctial years.
  • The solstitial colure is a great circle which passes through the celestial poles and these two solstitial points.

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