from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. In the Northern Hemisphere, the solstice that occurs on or about December 22.
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- n. The moment when the Earth is in that point of its orbit where the northern or southern hemisphere is most inclined away from the sun.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See Solstice, 2.
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- n. December 22, when the sun is at its southernmost point
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Over that part of England the winter solstice came down with a bitter antiphony of snow and frost.
“It suggests, Mr. Stayne, that unknown to research, to experts, to folk dancers and to the societies, the so-called Mardian Mawris (the richest immeasurably of all English ritual dance-plays) was being performed annually at the Mardian Stone during the winter solstice up to as recently as fifteen years ago.”
It was during the coldest time of the year, after the winter solstice and before the first breakup of spring, that Ovra went into labor.
From a vantage worthy of an Albert Bierstadt painting, I watched the red sunset light of the millennium’s first winter solstice transform Crestone Needle’s snow-plastered rock ribs into a purple mountain so majestic I cried at its beauty.
Fleabane was cut at the winter solstice for drying; Marius hadn’t thought there was a household in Rome knew of it.