from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to a solstice: as, a solstitial point.
  • Happening at a solstice—especially, with reference to the northern hemisphere, at the summer solstice, or midsummer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to a solstice.
  • adjective Happening at a solstice; esp. (with reference to the northern hemisphere), happening at the summer solstice, or midsummer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Pertaining to a solstice.
  • adjective Occurring on a solstice.


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  • Where I live, that day is December 9th, which means I am now safely on the far side of the solstitial crepuscular cusp.

    Rambles at » Blog Archive » The earliest sunset is here!

  • Later on, after the solstitial pause for refleshmeant, the same man (or a different and younger him of the same ham) asked in the vermicular with a very oggly chew-chin-grin: Was six vic-tolios fifteen pigeon takee offa you, tell he me, stlongfella, by picky-pocky ten to foul months behindaside?

    Finnegans Wake

  • Parmenides was the first that confined the habitable world to the two solstitial (or temperate) zones.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • It was not for the rose of Persia thou wert famous, nor the banana of the east; not for the spicy gales of India, nor the sugar groves of America; not for thy vines nor thy double harvests, nor for thy vernal airs, nor solstitial sun — but for thy children, their unwearied industry and lofty aspiration.

    The Last Man

  • And, like several of the megalithic alignments and the solstitial window at Nabta, the temples at Abydos and the pyramids at Saqqara, Giza, and Abusir are arranged along roughly northeast-southwest lines.

    Neolithic Skywatchers

  • These points, if we suppose the circle to represent the sun's apparent course, will be indicated by the points where the parallel lines touch the circle, or, in other words, the parallels will indicate the limits of the sun's extreme northern and southern declination, when he arrives at the solstitial points of Cancer and Capricorn.

    The Symbolism of Freemasonry

  • They are said to represent St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist; but they really refer to the solstitial points Cancer and Capricorn, in the zodiac.

    The Symbolism of Freemasonry

  • Sun is on the solstitial points, one again that is made on the last day of the Sun's path through Libra, Aries, Gemini, Virgo, and Pisces, a gift again during eclipses of the Moon and the Sun, produce merit that is inexhaustible.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 Books 1, 2 and 3

  • The next folk-feast after Martinmas is St. Clement's Day, November 23, once reckoned the first day of winter in England. It marks apparently one of the stages in the progress of the winter feast towards its present solstitial date.

    Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan

  • It is remarked by Bayle, that Aristæus found out the solstitial rising of Sirius, or the dog-star; and he adds, it is certain that this star had a particular relation to Aristæus; for this reason, when the heats of the dog-star laid waste the Cyclădes, and occasioned there a pestilence, Aristæus was entreated to put a stop to it.

    Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology For Classical Schools (2nd ed)


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