December

Definitions

  • BATTLEFIELD OF COLENSO, DECEMBER 15, 1899
    BATTLEFIELD OF COLENSO, DECEMBER 15, 1899
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n December the last (12th) month of the year
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1890, there was no sunshine for the whole month of December in Westminster in London.
    • December Fig.: With reference to the end of the year and to the winter season; as, the December of his life.
    • December The twelfth and last month of the year, containing thirty-one days. During this month occurs the winter solstice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first human heart transplant happened on December 3, 1967. Unfortunately the patient only lived for eighteen days, succumbing in the end to pneumonia
    • n December That month of the year in which the sun touches the tropic of Capricorn at the winter solstice, being then at his greatest distance south of the equator; the twelfth and last month according to the modern mode of reckoning time, having thirty-one days. In the Roman calendar it was the tenth month, reckoning from March. Abbreviated Dec.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The month of December is the most popular month for weddings in the Philippines
    • n December de-sem′bėr the tenth month among the Romans, who began their year with March: with us, the twelfth month of the year
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Quotations

  • Italo Svevo
    Italo Svevo
    “God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.”

Idioms

May-December romance - When one person in a relationship is a lot older than the other, it is a May-December romance ('May-December love affair' is also used).
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. décembre, from L. December, fr. decem, ten; this being the tenth month among the early Romans, who began the year in March. See Ten
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. decem, ten.

Usage

In literature:

Naval operations continued in this way without notable incident until December 18, 1915.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
In December, 1916, Joffre was made a Marshal of France.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
Late in the afternoon of December 2nd the 'Sunbeam' gained the northern entrance to the channel which divides Fayal and Pico.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
At its call a meeting was held December 1, and the league reorganized: President, Mrs.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
The annual convention of 1919 was held in the auditorium of the Hotel Piedmont, Atlanta, on December 5.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
The provincial forces skirmished with Dunmore's at Great Bridge on December 9 and took Norfolk on December 14.
"The Road to Independence: Virginia 1763-1783" by Virginia State Dept. of Education
LUDWIG DEVRIENT (1784-1832), born in Berlin on the 15th of December 1784, was the son of a silk merchant.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 3" by Various
In December Tecumseh really had got to Detroit.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
After some discussion the bill passed the Council on December 11, but not without important amendments.
"History of the Constitutions of Iowa" by Benjamin F. Shambaugh
This was on the 23rd of December.
"The Black Phalanx" by Joseph T. Wilson
On the 13th of December 1839 he ascended the Danish throne as Christian VIII.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
In December, 1814, the last Patriot force was defeated.
"The United States and Latin America" by John Holladay Latané
London on the 7th of December 1807.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
Couthon returned to Paris, and on the 21st of December was elected president of the Convention.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
On the 8th of December 1864 Pius IX.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
I left El Obeid on the 28th of November, 1881, and reached Delen in Dar Nuba on the 5th of December.
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
On the 25th of December Washington and his little party set out by land from Venango on their route homeward.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
The British evacuated Savannah in July, 1782, Charleston in December, and New York City, their last post, November 25, 1783.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
It underwent Government inspection on December 9th, and the first trains ran over it on December 15th.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie
Beffroy spent his last years in retirement, dying in Paris on the 17th of December 1811.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5" by Various
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In poetry:

A joyful sense and purity
Is all I can remember;
The very night to me was bright,
'Twas summer in December.
"Innocence" by Thomas Traherne
May your mornings all be gay!
May your nights bring gladness!
Here, this dark December day,
I dwell in exile sadness.
"Quatrains" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
The groves did to each other cry,
With a December sound;
"In June our leaves do fade and die,
And fall unto the ground."
"On The Weather, 1819" by Susannah Hawkins
And you lean out to watch her there,
And pity, nor remember,
That Youth is hard, and Life is hard,
And quiet is December.
"To A Young Girl At A Window" by Margaret Widdemer
Now it is a month of June,
Now December's shivering hour;
Now rides high loved memories' Moon,
Now the Dark is dense with power!
"Traveller's Song" by George MacDonald
Yes, I love them, I remember,
May is not like cold December.
If I've words of rage and madness,
Always check it from their gladness.
"The Simple Reason. III John, 1:4" by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

MUSKEGON, Michigan (December 12th) – The Muskegon Lumberjacks are excited to announce the Third Annual Skills and Drills Camp taking place on December 27th and December 28th at the L.C.
No Big Gas Price Hikes Anticipated For December Monday, December 3, 2012.
Check out "This is 40" starring Paul Rudd, December 17 at 7pm at AMC Mazza Gallerie SEND YOUR NAME AND STREET ADDRESS to arch @news8.net by 9am December 14th.
The Medora Area Count will take place on Sunday, December 16 and the North Unit Count will be on Saturday, December 22.
The eyes of the art world collectively turn on South Florida for this week's incarnation of Art Basel Miami Beach, December 6- December 9, and for good reason.
All you Starbucks lovers will be excited to know that from 2pm-5pm daily December 13 to December 16 you can Buy 1 Holiday Drink and get 1 Free.
Check out "This is 40" starring Paul Rudd, December 17 at 7pm at AMC Mazza Gallerie SEND YOUR NAME AND STREET ADDRESS to arch@news8.net by 9am December 14th.
0 A report released by the National Retail Federation projects that December cargo volume will be up nearly 4% from December 2011.
The December figure is up 0.1% from November, and up 6.5% from December 2010.
Sirius also declared a special dividend of five cents a share, payable December 28 to holders of record December 18.
Universal has lifted Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables' from its December 14th date and moved it back to December 25th.
Show Time on December 7 & 8 at 8PM and December 9 at 3PM Purchase individual tickets at LA1 Market, Voila.
In response, December natural gas ran at the upside while December crude spiked but traded mostly sideways on a downward trajectory on the day.
The island-nation skipped December 30, jumping from December 29 straight to December 31.
Originally published December 26, 2008 at 12:00 AM Page modified December 26, 2008 at 7:39 AM.
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In science:

Data from the AAVSO show that in the latter half of 1995 IP Peg underwent two outbursts, one in mid-September and one in mid-December.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
To study these effects, we have devised, in the framework of the aging studies for the LHCb muon chambers, an extensive series of tests which started in January 2001 and is expected to last until December 2002, exploiting the large CERN Gamma Irradiation Facility .
New results from an extensive aging test on bakelite Resistive Plate Chambers
Duras, Discrete Hessians in study of Quantum Statistical Systems: Complex Ginibre Ensemble, in: QP-PQ: Quantum Probability and White Noise Analysis - Volume 13, Foundations of Probability and Physics, Proceedings of the Conference, V¨axj¨o, Sweden, 25 November - 1 December 2000; A.
Maximum entropy principle and quantum statistical information functional in random matrix ensembles
The Fluorescence Detector prototype was run smoothly during the period December 2001 March 2002.
Performance of the Pierre Auger Fluorescence Detector and Analysis of well recontructed events
The crystals were exposed to the beam in December 2002 and recovery was monitored between January and March of 2003.
LED Monitoring System for the BTeV Lead Tungstate Crystal Calorimeter Prototype
On axis redistribution matrices, from the December 1999 release have been used for both LECS and MECS, since these depend very little on the source position in the detectors.
Absorption in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows
The IRAM 30 m radiotelescope at Pico Veleta (near Granada, Spain) was used to map the λ 1.2 mm continuum emission from the ON 1 region in December 2000.
The structure of Onsala 1 star forming region
New spectra were obtained during observing runs in July, October, and December 2003, and March 2004 at the CTIO 1.5m telescope as part of the SMARTS Consortium.
The Solar Neighborhood X: New Nearby Stars in the Southern Sky and Accurate Photometric Distance Estimates for Red Dwarfs
Spectra were obtained at four slit positions across the nebula (Figures 1a and 1b) with the HIRES echelle spectrograph on the Keck1 telescope on Mauna Kea in December, 2002.
High Resolution, Long - Slit Spectroscopy of VY CMa: The Evidence for Localized High Mass Loss Events
It is, however, a relatively new product (the first public release was in December 1998) and needs to be validated by comparison with experimental data, theoretical predictions and other simulation programs.
Beam Test of a Prototype Detector Array for the PoGO Astronomical Hard X-Ray/Soft Gamma-Ray Polarimeter
It is our special pleasure and pride to acknowledge wonderful hospitality and high spirit of people in Kyiv, where several of the authors met in December days of 2004 and where a part of this paper was finalized.
Criticality of the random-site Ising model: Metropolis, Swendsen-Wang and Wolff Monte Carlo algorithms
Idell; Stanley R. Czyzak; Eds., pp. 290–297, December 2001. J. P. Lloyd and A. Sivaramakrishnan. Tip Tilt Error in Lyot Coronagraphy. ApJ, accepted, 2005 B.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
ApJ, 599:686–694, December 2003. R. J. Vanderbei, D. N. Spergel, and N. J. Kasdin. Spiderweb Masks for HighContrast Imaging.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
Duras, Discrete Hessians in study of Quantum Statistical Systems: Complex Ginibre Ensemble, in: QP-PQ: Quantum Probability and White Noise Analysis - Volume 13, Foundations of Probability and Physics, Proceedings of the Conference, V¨axj¨o, Sweden, 25 November - 1 December 2000; A.
Fluctuations of Quantum Statistical Two-Dimensional Systems of Electrons
A(cid:21) ∗ This is essentially a transcript of the plenary talk given at the Joint India–AMS Mathematics Meeting held in December 2003 in Bangalore, India.
Random walks in a random environment
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