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a. One of the four natural divisions of the year, spring, summer, fall, and winter, in the North and South Temperate zones. Each season, beginning astronomically at an equinox or solstice, is characterized by specific meteorological or climatic conditions.
b. The two divisions of the year, rainy and dry, in some tropical regions.
2. A recurrent period characterized by certain occurrences, occupations, festivities, or crops: the holiday season; tomato season.
3. A suitable, natural, or convenient time: a season for merriment.
4. A period of time: gone for a season.
v. sea·soned, sea·son·ing, sea·sons
1. To improve or enhance the flavor of (food) by adding salt, spices, herbs, or other flavorings.
2. To add zest, piquancy, or interest to: seasoned the lecture with jokes.
3. To treat or dry (lumber, for example) until ready for use; cure.
4. To render competent through trial and experience: a lawyer who had been seasoned by years in the trial courts.
5. To accustom or inure; harden: troops who had been seasoned in combat. See Synonyms at harden.
6. To moderate; temper.
To become usable, competent, or tempered.
in season
1. Available or ready for eating or other use.
2. Legally permitted to be caught or hunted during a specified period.
3. At the right moment; opportunely.
4. In heat. Used of animals.
out of season
1. Not available, permitted, or ready to be eaten, caught, or hunted.
2. Not at the right or proper moment; inopportunely.

[Middle English, from Old French seison, from Latin satiō, satiōn-, act of sowing, from satus, past participle of serere, to plant; see sē- in Indo-European roots.]
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  1. August steamed in like the first slow day of creation —Shelby Hearon
  2. The autumnal radiance fluttered like a blown shawl over the changeless structure of the landscape —Ellen Glasgow
  3. Autumn felt as dark with life as spring —M. J. Farrell
  4. The autumn frosts will lie upon the grass like bloom on grapes of purple-brown and gold —Elinor Wylie
  5. In the spring … life, like the landscape around us, seems bigger and wider and freer, a rainbow road leading to unknown ends —Jerome K. Jerome
  6. The long gray winter settles in like a wolf feeding on a carcass —Marge Piercy
  7. March … comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb —John Ray’s Proverbs


  8. Now that it’s spring and the blossoms fall like sighs —Louis MacNeice
  9. October had come in like a lamb chop, breaded in golden crumbs and gently sautéed in a splash of blue oil —Tom Robbins
  10. October morning … sallow as a faded suntan —Jessamyn West
  11. One of those honey-warm fall days that brought out summer habits like chilled bees —Hortense Calisher
  12. The seasons shine like new coins —George Garrett

    See Also: SHINING

  13. Sleepy winter, like the sleep of death —Elinor Wylie
  14. The specter of winter hovering like a pale-winged bird —W. P. Kinsella
  15. Spring, animating and affecting us all … like a drug, a pleasant poison of annual mortal gaiety —Janet Flanner
  16. Spring arose on the garden fair, like the spirit of love felt everywhere —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  17. Spring comes like a life raft —George Starbuck
  18. Spring sunlight flowed in the streets like good news —William H. Hallhan

    See Also: SUN

  19. Spring came that year like a triumph and like a prophecy —Thomas Wolfe
  20. Summer … dropping from the sky like a blanket of steam —John Rechy
  21. Summer is like a fat beast —Wallace Stevens
  22. Winter came down like a hammer —Lawrence Durrell
  23. Winter [in Madison Square] … was tamed, like a polar bear led on a leash by a beautiful lady —Willa Cather
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
At intervals, he would refer to piles of old log-books beside him, wherein were set down the seasons and places in which, on various former voyages of various ships, sperm whales had been captured or seen.
I found now that the seasons of the year might generally be divided, not into summer and winter, as in Europe, but into the rainy seasons and the dry seasons, which were generally thus:- The half of February, the whole of March, and the half of April - rainy, the sun being then on or near the equinox.
In the months of June and July, when there is an interval between the hunting seasons, a general rendezvous is held, at some designated place in the mountains, where the affairs of the past year are settled by the resident partners, and the plans for the following year arranged.
These struggles between the seasons became daily more frequent, while the earth, like a victim to contention, slowly lost the animated brilliancy of winter, without obtaining the aspect of spring.
Before the building was completed we passed through some very trying seasons. More than once our hearts were made to bleed, as it were, because bills were falling due that we did not have the money to meet.
But as the seasons went by it remained questionable whether Agatha was the more to be congratulated on having begun life after leaving school or Henrietta on having finished it.
We behold the face of nature bright with gladness, we often see superabundance of food; we do not see, or we forget, that the birds which are idly singing round us mostly live on insects or seeds, and are thus constantly destroying life; or we forget how largely these songsters, or their eggs, or their nestlings, are destroyed by birds and beasts of prey; we do not always bear in mind, that though food may be now superabundant, it is not so at all seasons of each recurring year.
Hesiod's diction is in the main Homeric, but one of his charms is the use of quaint allusive phrases derived, perhaps, from a pre- Hesiodic peasant poetry: thus the season when Boreas blows is the time when `the Boneless One gnaws his foot by his fireless hearth in his cheerless house'; to cut one's nails is `to sever the withered from the quick upon that which has five branches'; similarly the burglar is the `day-sleeper', and the serpent is the `hairless one'.
Scanty Fare During the Winter.- A Poor Hunting Ground.- The Return of the Fishing Season.- The Uthlecan or Smelt.- Its Qualities.
The other year, looking through a newspaper of sound principles, but whose staff WILL persist in "casting" anchors and going to sea "on" a ship (ough!), I came across an article upon the season's yachting.
And so today we pledge an end to the era of deadlock and drift, and a new season of American renewal has begun.
There is a proper season for making attacks with fire, and special days for starting a conflagration.