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sol·stice

 (sōl′stĭs, sŏl′-, sôl′-)
n.
Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest angular distance from the celestial equator. The summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere occurs about June 21, when the sun is at the zenith on the Tropic of Cancer; the winter solstice occurs about December 21, when the sun is at zenith on the Tropic of Capricorn. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year; the winter solstice is the shortest.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sōlstitium : sōl, sun; see sāwel- in Indo-European roots + -stitium, a stoppage; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

sol·sti′tial (-stĭsh′əl) adj.

solstice

(ˈsɒlstɪs)
n
1. (Astronomy) either the shortest day of the year (winter solstice) or the longest day of the year (summer solstice)
2. (Physical Geography) either of the two points on the ecliptic at which the sun is overhead at the tropic of Cancer or Capricorn at the summer and winter solstices
[C13: via Old French from Latin sōlstitium, literally: the (apparent) standing still of the sun, from sōl sun + sistere to stand still]
solstitial adj
solˈstitially adv

sol•stice

(ˈsɒl stɪs, ˈsoʊl-)

n.
1.
a. either of the two times a year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator: about June 21, when the sun reaches its northernmost point on the celestial sphere, or about Dec. 22, when it reaches its southernmost point.
b. either of the two points in the ecliptic farthest from the equator.
2. a furthest point.
[1200–50; < Middle English < Old French < Latin sōlstitium=sōl sun + -stit-, derivative of sistere to make stand; see stand]

sol·stice

(sŏl′stĭs, sōl′stĭs)
1. Either of the two moments of the year when the sun is farthest north or south of the celestial equator. In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice occurs on June 20 or 21 and the winter solstice occurs on December 21 or 22.
2. Either of the two points on the celestial sphere where the apparent path of the sun (known as the ecliptic) reaches its greatest distance from the celestial equator. Compare equinox.

solstice

- Derived from the Latin sol, "Sun," and stitium, "stoppage," as the Sun appears to stand still on the first day of winter.
See also related terms for stoppage.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.solstice - either of the two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equatorsolstice - either of the two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator
cosmic time - the time covered by the physical formation and development of the universe
June 21, midsummer, summer solstice - June 21, when the sun is at its northernmost point
winter solstice - December 22, when the sun is at its southernmost point
Translations
slunovrat
solhverv
päivänseisaus
napforduló
sólstöîur
saulėgrįžasolsticija
vasaras saulgriežiziemas saulgrieži
slnovrat

solstice

[ˈsɒlstɪs] Nsolsticio m
summer solsticesolsticio m de verano
winter solsticesolsticio m de invierno

solstice

[ˈsɒlstɪs] nsolstice m
the winter solstice → le solstice d'hiver
the summer solstice → le solstice d'été

solstice

nSonnenwende f, → Solstitium nt (spec)

solstice

[ˈsɒlstɪs] nsolstizio

solstice

(ˈsolstis) noun
the time of year when there is the greatest length of daylight (summer solstice) or the shortest (winter solstice).