- 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 maximum southerly declination, on or about December 21. A solstice which occurs when the position of the earth is at the perihelion or when it is nearest to the sun but its north pole is inclined away from the sun. It occurs when there is winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
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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 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 — 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