season

Definitions

  • Wood is carefully and regularly piled in the seasoning-yard
    Wood is carefully and regularly piled in the seasoning-yard
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v season make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate "she tempered her criticism"
    • v season make fit "This trip will season even the hardiest traveller"
    • v season lend flavor to "Season the chicken breast after roasting it"
    • n season one of the natural periods into which the year is divided by the equinoxes and solstices or atmospheric conditions "the regular sequence of the seasons"
    • n season a recurrent time marked by major holidays "it was the Christmas season"
    • n season a period of the year marked by special events or activities in some field "he celebrated his 10th season with the ballet company","she always looked forward to the avocado season"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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A Cypress Slough in the Dry Season A Cypress Slough in the Dry Season
THE CATCH OF THE SEASON THE CATCH OF THE SEASON
IN A GOOD SEASON IN A GOOD SEASON
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Spring peeper (a frog) can survive the winter season with 65% of its body water as ice
    • Season A period of time not very long; a while; a time. "Thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season ."
    • Season Hence, a period of time, especially as regards its fitness for anything contemplated or done; a suitable or convenient time; proper conjuncture; as, the season for planting; the season for rest. "The season , prime for sweetest scents and airs."
    • Season Hence, to fit for enjoyment; to render agreeable. "You season still with sports your serious hours.""The proper use of wit is to season conversation."
    • Season Hence, to prepare by drying or hardening, or removal of natural juices; as, to season timber.
    • Season One of the divisions of the year, marked by alterations in the length of day and night, or by distinct conditions of temperature, moisture, etc., caused mainly by the relative position of the earth with respect to the sun. In the north temperate zone, four seasons, namely, spring, summer, autumn, and winter, are generally recognized. Some parts of the world have three seasons, -- the dry, the rainy, and the cold; other parts have but two, -- the dry and the rainy. "The several seasons of the year in their beauty."
    • Season That which gives relish; seasoning. "You lack the season of all natures, sleep."
    • Season To become dry and hard, by the escape of the natural juices, or by being penetrated with other substance; as, timber seasons in the sun.
    • Season To become mature; to grow fit for use; to become adapted to a climate.
    • Season To copulate with; to impregnate.
    • Season To fit for any use by time or habit; to habituate; to accustom; to inure; to ripen; to mature; as, to season one to a climate.
    • Season To fit for taste; to render palatable; to give zest or relish to; to spice; as, to season food.
    • Season To give token; to savor.
    • Season To imbue; to tinge or taint. "Who by his tutor being seasoned with the love of the truth.""Season their younger years with prudent and pious principles."
    • Season To qualify by admixture; to moderate; to temper. "When mercy seasons justice."
    • Season To render suitable or appropriate; to prepare; to fit. "He is fit and seasoned for his passage."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Uranus? winter and summer seasons last the equivalent of 21 Earth years
    • n season A particular period of time. Specifically
    • n season The period of the year in which something is more in vogue than at others, as that in which a particular place is most frequented by visitors, or shows most bustling activity, or when a particular trade, business, or profession is in its greatest state of activity: as, the holiday season; the hop-picking season; the London season; the Newport season; the theatrical season; the peach season.
    • n season A convenient or suitable time; the right time; period of time that is natural, proper, or suitable. See phrases below.
    • n season A period of time, in general; a while; a time.
    • n season Seasoning; that which gives relish, or preserves vigor or freshness.
    • n season Having the pelage in good order, as fur-bearing animals. This is usually in winter.
    • n season In good flesh, as beasts, birds, fishes, shell-fish, etc.
    • n season Affording good sport, as birds well grown and strong of wing.
    • n season Migrating, and therefore numerous, or found where not occurring at some other time, as birds or fish.
    • n season Allowed by law to be killed, as any game.
    • n season Seasonably; opportunely; at the right time; soon enough: as, to go to the theater in season for the overture.
    • n season Not in season, as game; not in good condition for the table. In general, animals are out of season when breeding.
    • season To render suitable or appropriate; prepare; fit.
    • season To fit for any use by time or habit; habituate; accustom; mature; inure; acclimatize.
    • season To bring to the best state for use by any process: as, to season a cask by keeping liquor in it; to season a tobacco-pipe by frequently smoking it; to season timber by drying or hardening, or by removing its natural sap.
    • season To fit for the taste; render palatable, or give a higher relish to, by the addition or mixture of another substance more pungent or pleasant: as, to season meat with salt; to season anything with spices.
    • season To render more agreeable, pleasant, or delightful; give a relish or zest to by something that excites, animates, or exhilarates.
    • season To render more agreeable or less rigorous and severe; temper; moderate; qualify by admixture.
    • season To gratify; tickle.
    • season To imbue; tinge or taint.
    • season To preserve from decay; keep sweet or fresh.
    • season To impregnate.
    • season To become mature; grow fit for use; become adapted to a climate, as the human body.
    • season To become dry and hard by the escape of the natural juices, or by being penetrated with other substance.
    • season To give token; smack; savor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Children grow faster in the springtime than any other season during the year
    • n Season sē′zn one of the four periods of the year: the usual or proper time for anything: any particular time: any period of time, esp. of some continuance, but not long: seasoning, relish
    • v.t Season to mature: to prepare for use: to accustom or fit for use by any process: to fit for the taste: to give relish to: to mingle: to moderate, temper, or qualify by admixture: to inure, imbue, tinge, or taint: to preserve from decay
    • v.i Season to become seasoned or matured: to grow fit for use: to become inured
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Quotations

  • Paramahansa Yogananda
    Paramahansa Yogananda
    “The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.”
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay
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    “I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.”
  • Sandi
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    “Kindness out of season destroys authority.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
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    “Knowledge like timber shouldn't be mush use till they are seasoned.”
  • Aeschylus
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    “It is always in season for old men to learn.”
  • Troy Aikman
    Troy Aikman
    “Losing doesn't eat at me the way it used to. I just get ready for the next play, the next game, the next season.”

Idioms

Silly season - The silly season is midsummer when Parliament is closed and nothing much is happening that is newsworthy, which reduces the press to reporting trivial and stupid stories.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sesoun, F. saison, properly, the sowing time, fr. L. satio, a sowing, a planting, fr. serere, satum, to sow, plant; akin to E. sow, v., to scatter, as seed

Usage

In literature:

On the close of the hunting season followed the polo season.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
Later in the season, during damp, cloudy weather, heads will sometimes reach full size and still be of good color though entirely exposed.
"The Cauliflower" by A. A. Crozier
This seasoning should suffice for five pounds of ground meat lightly salted.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
And customers endeavour, to their powers, For to observe still, seasonable hours.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Life may indeed be very fairly divided into the seasons of HOPE and FEAR.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
This fashion is often followed here, and when so done signifies that they will be inseparable for the season.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
When quite cold, season them again with the same seasoning.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
The depth of plowing and cultivating should be varied somewhat from season to season to avoid the formation of a plow-sole.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
Their nesting season includes all the summer months, they raising two and sometimes three broods a season.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Although winter is supposed to be the rainy season here, I have been here during three seasons and have so far seen only light rains.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
This soon makes a very thick green turf, to be cut every ten days during the most growing season, and less frequently as the season advances.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
The season was full, the room crowded, and the two ladies squeezed in as well as they could.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Season with salt and pepper, stir until smooth, and then add the beans.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
The highest shoot next season must be trained upwards by a straight stake; the side shoots will form branches.
"The Book of Pears and Plums" by Edward Bartrum
There is probably no gallantry among the birds except at the mating season.
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
Season with salt and pepper.
"Civic League Cook Book" by Anonymous
Cane sour asparagus and do not season with reason.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
Why else did the people pack her houses season after season?
"Life on the Stage" by Clara Morris
Your feelings accord with the season, Theodore; you are melancholy.
"Alida" by Amelia Stratton Comfield
But it was true that Dan had always been partial to the winter season.
"The Voice of the Pack" by Edison Marshall
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In poetry:

You, too, my Silvia, sure will own
Life's azure seasons swiftly roll,
And when our youth or health is flown,
To think of love, but shocks the soul.
"The Halcyon" by William Shenstone
Ah me! the men that were and are not now.
The seasons come and pass and bear away
One after other, as from autumn bough
Is swept at whiles the fruitage of its May.
"Cambridge" by Oscar Fay Adams
And still in seasons of storm and thunder,
In strange lands under your land and mine,
And though our ways have been wide asunder,
In calm and tempest and shade and shine
"Years Ago" by Victor James Daley
And the blue-eyed violets, shy and tender,
With breath from the censer of heaven sent,
Were bits of the sky, by the summer borrowed,
And just for the season to Flora lent.
"In The Meadow" by Ella Fraser Weller
Sweet season ! that wings ev'ry moment with joy,
And gilds ev'ry cheek with a smile,
That chases the dark-brooding clouds from the sky,
And substitutes brightness the while.
"Summer" by Laura Sophia Temple
Ah, when to the heart of man
Was it ever less than a treason
To go with the drift of things,
To yield with a grace to reason,
And bow and accept the end
Of a love or a season?
"Reluctance" by Robert Frost

In news:

After once again starting the season 0-3 (with losses vs Cedar Park, DeSoto and Converse Judson), the team cruised to a district title by regular season's end.
There may be no season ticket in sports as tough to gain as Packers' season tickets.
As star Steve Carell is just one episode away from leaving the show after seven seasons, it was announced last Thursday that Jim Carrey will appear in the season finale.
Season Four wraps up with a literal bang, and multiple cliffhangers leave viewers primed for Season Five.
Last season, the Buckeye 8 Athletic League shifted its football schedules to the point where the league members played each other in the final seven weeks of the season.
In New Orleans and, indeed, most of Louisiana, the locals know that Twelfth Night marks the official ending of the Christmas season and the beginning of the Carnival season.
I'd been on him all season and the season before.
"The turns we are creating for season three are going to be very surprising and I think there's a redefining of these characters," executive producer Lauren Iungerich told reporters following the season finale Friday morning.
SEASON FINALES — Pansy Kidd Middle School eighth-grade running back Jeremy Gutierrez, second from right, tries to break a tackle during the season finale against McAlester on Tuesday night at Costner Stadium PDN photo by David Seeley.
The Minnesota Gophers enter the season with higher expectations this season thanks to the return of star forward Trevor Mbakwe from a knee injury that kept him out almost all of last year.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Gophers enter the season with higher expectations this season thanks to the return of star forward Trevor Mbakwe from a knee injury that kept him out almost all of last year.
The fall season is here and what better way to enjoy the season with a new festival in Texarkana Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st with the 'MoRH Better BBQ, Bands & Bike Festival' in Dowtown Texarkana.
USC could barely field a men's basketball team by the end of last season, but Trojans coach Kevin O'Neill almost has too many choices this season.
The volleyball and football seasons are still upon us, but the basketball seasons will start later this month.
The Thunder's Matt Summers returns this season after a strong 2011-12 season.
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In science:

The prototype may therefore be expected to find first transits after 1-2 seasons of observations.
A Prototype for the PASS Permanent All Sky Survey
They are listed in Table 1 and their phased light curves in one season are shown in Fig. 2.
The Variability and Rotation of Pre-main Sequence Stars in IC 348: Does Intracluster Environment Influence Stellar Rotation?
Sixteen irregular variables in IC 348, mostly of type II, were identified and discussed by Cohen, Herbst & Williams (2004); all these stars were monitored for an additional two seasons in this study.
The Variability and Rotation of Pre-main Sequence Stars in IC 348: Does Intracluster Environment Influence Stellar Rotation?
The new data show no more irregularity, but clear periodic variations at a period within about 0.1 day of that detected in the first monitoring season.
The Variability and Rotation of Pre-main Sequence Stars in IC 348: Does Intracluster Environment Influence Stellar Rotation?
Clear periodic structure can be seen in four seasons.
The Variability and Rotation of Pre-main Sequence Stars in IC 348: Does Intracluster Environment Influence Stellar Rotation?
The accuracy of the season is deduced from the differences between the reduced and the previously reported values of the standard stars.
On the nature of Delta Scuti star HD 115520
The 2006 season was reduced in the same fashion to match the newly acquired data.
On the nature of Delta Scuti star HD 115520
The two oscillations frequencies detected in 2006 have been confirmed in this season.
On the nature of Delta Scuti star HD 115520
We assumed that season to season variations are not connected with rotation and we eliminated them before performing period search.
Age-Rotation-Activity Relations for M Dwarf Stars Based on ASAS Photometric Data
Late type active stars often show season-to-season light variations with amplitudes of the order of 0.1 mag. A good example of such star is AB Dor which was observed nearly continuously over more than 20 seasons (K ürster et al. 1997, Järvinen et al. 2005).
Age-Rotation-Activity Relations for M Dwarf Stars Based on ASAS Photometric Data
Several stars from our sample also show seasonal variations.
Age-Rotation-Activity Relations for M Dwarf Stars Based on ASAS Photometric Data
Because of that we have done period search separately for each season unless the number of useful observations in the particular season was lower than 50 data points.
Age-Rotation-Activity Relations for M Dwarf Stars Based on ASAS Photometric Data
Data from such seasons were merged with the ones from neighboring seasons and analyzed together. A similar period search was also performed on the whole data set after eliminating season to season variations.
Age-Rotation-Activity Relations for M Dwarf Stars Based on ASAS Photometric Data
Right panels show filled symbols folded with the detected periods after applying corrections for seasonal variations.
Age-Rotation-Activity Relations for M Dwarf Stars Based on ASAS Photometric Data
In most cases periodic variability is seen over the whole observational interval without any significa nt phase shift from one season to another, but a few stars show transient periodic variability.
Age-Rotation-Activity Relations for M Dwarf Stars Based on ASAS Photometric Data
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