- 1The coldest season of the year, in the northern hemisphere from December to February and in the southern hemisphere from June to August: the tree has a good crop of berries in winter [as modifier]: the winter monthsMore example sentences
- The climate here is normally split into two seasons, long cold winters and long hot summers.
- Therefore, short, cool growing seasons and cold winters are often thought of as barriers to crop growth and diversification in the Subarctic.
- But after a cold winter in the southern uplands you may recognise that ending up on a human dinner plate is not so bad.
- 1.1 Astronomy The period from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox.More example sentences
- Similarly the winters in the north are shorter and milder than they would be otherwise.
- Spirit and Opportunity have also roved through the worst of the Martian winter with flying colors, and spring is on the horizon.
- Saturnalia celebrated the rebirth of Saturn, the god of the harvest, and the dawn of the new year from the winter's darkness.
- 1.2 (winters) • literary Years: he seemed a hundred winters oldMore example sentences
- Find those things and nourish them through the summers and winters of this lifetime.
- Newman's innings was the first time this summer he had managed to convert a solid start into a significant score and showed many of the skills that earned him Academy recognition two winters ago.
- But before she ended her career she spent two winters, from 1965 to 1967, chartered to operate between Los Angeles and Acapulco for Princess Cruises.
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- 1(Of fruit) ripening late in the year: a winter appleMore example sentences
- No purist, he happily uses olive oil in a Thai-style curry paste, chops cress on to avocados and serves pomegranate, a winter fruit, at a summer party.
- The others went for the escallops of pork served on a bed of butternut squash purée with wild mushroom brandy sauce and a winter fruit chutney.
- Several lines of evidence suggest winter fruit may be important to less frugivorous species as well.
- 1.1(Of wheat or other crops) sown in autumn for harvesting the following year.More example sentences
- The greatest risk is in fields where a winter cereal cover crop has been used.
- The study is researching the practice of planting soybeans into cover crops of winter rye.
- In this situation, we plant the hay seed into a nurse crop of winter wheat or spring oats.
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- 1(Especially of a bird) spend the winter in a particular place: birds wintering in the Channel IslandsMore example sentences
- Like many of the Arctic refuge's birds, snow geese winter in warmer parts of the lower 48 states.
- The birds wintering in Washington breed in the northern Great Plains, usually beginning by late April.
- These routes used by migratory birds for passage between wintering and breeding ranges are called flyways.
- 1.1 [with object] Keep or feed (plants or cattle) during winter.More example sentences
- Store cattle being wintered with a view to finishing off grass next summer will require 2-3 kg meal/day with poor quality silage.
- There are no slatted sheds allowed in Scotland so wintering cattle can be pretty labour intensive.
- We never wintered cattle there because of its remoteness and lack of shelter.
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- Two Annas arrived, at the same River Ridge home, after many of the winterers had already departed.
- We had more problems in the first two hours of the winter than the previous winterers had all year.
- Also, the Shackleton has been here and left this morning with the last of last year's winterers on it.
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- Guided tour through the winterly forest followed by hotpot meal and mulled wine at the outer pavilion of our hotel
- The proverbial ‘remoteness’ of the winterly polar environment may become a trauma for sensitive persons.
- Organisers are anticipating with great interest the results of the last exhibition day which was marked by deep winterly weather conditions.
Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch winter and German Winter, probably also to wet.