Definition of winter in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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- 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.
- 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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- 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.
- 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.
The word winter is probably related to wet ( see water), with the basic idea being ‘the wet season’. Richard III: ‘Now is the winter of our discontent / Made glorious summer by this sun of York’ gave us The winter of discontent of 1978–79 in Britain, when widespread strikes forced the Labour government out of power.
- Example sentences
- 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.
- Example sentences
- I decided I needed a mid-winter break so what better place to visit than the Bay of Islands in the winterless north?
- Coming to you from sunny winterless Queensland.
- Example sentences
- 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.
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