Definition of solstice in English:
- 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.
- 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.
solar from Late Middle English:
This is from Latin solaris, from sol ‘sun’, a base shared by mid 19th-century solarium, a use of a Latin word meaning both ‘sundial’ and ‘place for sunning oneself’. From the same source comes solstice (Middle English), the second half of which comes from Latin sistere ‘to stop’; and from Italian, based on Latin, parasol from parasole, formed from para- ‘protecting against’ and sole ‘sun’. Old English sun is from the same Indo-European root.
- US English dictionary
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