Winter Solstice

   About December 21, this is when the Sun is in the ecliptic, farthest from the celestial equator to the South. This is as far south in the sky as the Sun goes.
   See Summer Solstice.

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  • Winter solstice — Winter Win ter, n. [AS. winter; akin to OFries. & D. winter, OS. & OHG. wintar, G. winter, D. & Sw. vinter, Icel. vetr, Goth. wintrus; of uncertain origin; cf. Old Gallic vindo white (in comp.), OIr. find white. ????.] [1913 Webster] 1. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • winter solstice — n the winter solstice the shortest day of the year in the northern ↑hemisphere, usually around December 22nd →↑summer solstice …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • winter solstice — n. see SOLSTICE …   English World dictionary

  • winter solstice — noun count or uncount the day of the year when the sun is above the HORIZON for the shortest amount of time, around December 21st in the northern half of the Earth and June 21st in the southern half …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Winter solstice — This article is about the astronomical and cultural event of winter solstice, also known as midwinter. For other uses, see Winter solstice (disambiguation), Midwinter (disambiguation) or also see Solstice. UTC Date and Time of Solstice[1] year… …   Wikipedia

  • winter solstice — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms winter solstice : singular winter solstice plural winter solstices the day of the year when the sun is above the horizon for the shortest amount of time, around 21st December in the northern half of …   English dictionary

  • winter solstice — i. The point on the ecliptic occupied by the sun at the maximum southerly declination. Sometimes called the December solstice or the first point of Capricornus. See first point of Capricornus. ii. The instant at which the sun reaches the point of …   Aviation dictionary

  • winter solstice — noun December 22, when the sun is at its southernmost point (Freq. 1) • Ant: ↑summer solstice • Hypernyms: ↑solstice • Part Holonyms: ↑winter, ↑wintertime …   Useful english dictionary

  • winter solstice — Astron. the solstice on or about December 21st that marks the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. [1625 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • winter solstice — win′ter sol′stice n. astron. the solstice on or about December 21 that marks the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere • Etymology: 1625–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • winter solstice — /ˈwɪntə sɒlstəs/ (say wintuh solstuhs) noun See solstice (def. 1) …   Australian English dictionary

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