• WordNet 3.6
    • n solstice either of the two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Solstice A stopping or standing still of the sun.
    • Solstice (Astron) The point in the ecliptic at which the sun is farthest from the equator, north or south, namely, the first point of the sign Cancer and the first point of the sign Capricorn, the former being the summer solstice, latter the winter solstice, in northern latitudes; -- so called because the sun then apparently stands still in its northward or southward motion.
    • Solstice (Astron) The time of the sun's passing the solstices, or solstitial points, namely, about June 21 and December 21. See Illust. in Appendix.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n solstice In astronomy:
    • n solstice The time at which the sun is at its greatest distance from the equator, and when its diurnal motion in declination ceases, which happens about June 21st, when it enters Cancer (the summer solstice), and about December 22d, when it enters Capricorn (the winter solstice).
    • n solstice A solstitial point. Hence Figuratively, culmination or turning-point; furthest limit.
    • n solstice A stopping or standing still of the sun.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Solstice sol′stis that point in the ecliptic at which the sun is farthest from the equator, and where it is consequently at the turning-point of its apparent course—the summer solstice, where it touches the tropic of Cancer; the winter solstice, where it touches that of Capricorn: the time when the sun reaches these two points in its orbit, 21st June and about 21st December
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  • Angela Carter
    “Midnight, and the clock strikes. It is Christmas Day, the werewolves birthday, the door of the solstice still wide enough open to let them all slink through.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. solstitium,; sol, the sun + sistere, to cause to stand, akin to stare, to stand: cf. F. solstice,. See Solar (a.) Stand (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. solstitiumsol, the sun, sistĕre, to make to stand—stāre, to stand.


In literature:

It is the time of the winter solstice.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
For many months he had been half famished, as were the wolves in his own northern mountains in the winter solstice.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
Summer solstice arrived and there was no escape from the heat, even in the deepest caves.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
A band of merry children wanders from house to house, singing and demanding wood for the bonfires of the summer solstice.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
The solstice of the Martian summer was on April 11th.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
The Solstitial Points, or Solstices, are points of the Ecliptic at a distance of 90 deg.
"Lectures in Navigation" by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
Why not make four beginnings, since there are four distinct seasons according to the equinoxes and solstices?
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Astronomically, the seasons commence at the periods of the equinoxes and solstices.
"The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'" by Thomas Orchard
And, two degrees to the Eastward, the Circle of the Solstice passes by.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
The summer solstice is on June twenty-first.
"The Solar Magnet" by Sterner St. Paul Meek

In poetry:

How I remember solstice days
Through many winters long completed!
Each unrepeatable, unique,
And each one countless times repeated.
"Unique Days" by Boris Pasternak
yet again with bloom
to greet the solstice:
What year was it it over-
took the fire escape? The
roof's its next objective.
Will posterity (if there
"A Catalpa Tree On West Twelfth Street" by Amy Clampitt
The wind attendant on the solstices
Blows on the shutters of the metropoles,
Stirring no poet in his sleep, and tolls
The grand ideas of the villages.
"The Man Whose Pharynx Was Bad" by Wallace Stevens
Beside the base that solstice day
A city chap who chanced to stray
Was shooting somewhat, too;
Who, when the nugget sped that way,
His firelock quickly drew.
"Monadnock" by Hattie Howard
Never to be fulfilled; leaves bud, and ever
Something is wanting, something falls behind;
The flowered Solstice comes indeed, but never
That light and lovely summer men divined.
"Song Of The Colours:" by Laurence Hope
In summer's still solstice my steps are drawn
To the shade of the forest trees;
To revel with Pan in his secret haunts,
To pipe mazourkas while satyrs dance,
Or lull to soft slumber some favorite faun
And fascinate strange wild birds and bees.
"The Woods" by Hattie Howard

In news:

2006 Pontiac Solstice Front Quarter.
2006 Pontiac Solstice Pontiac Logo.
When you remove the Solstice 's roof - a process involving releasing three clamps - it takes considerable strength and leverage for one person to lift it off the car.
In celebration of the Summer Solstice , the Marijuana Policy Project has invited the general public to their annual fundraiser event on June 23, 2012.
Summer Solstice 2012 Revelers 'Party Rock'-ing at Stonehenge.
Get updates on Winter Solstice .
News and information about Winter Solstice on
Participants take part in a mass yoga class to mark the summer solstice in New York City's Times Square on June 20, 2012.
Hear The Host's Alternative "Summer Solstice " Mix.
Well, today marks the longest day of the year with the Summer solstice .
That's the Logic Behind HOT ROD Stuffing an LS7 Into a Pontiac Solstice .
The World's Baddest Solstice .
Santa Barbara's Summer Solstice .
Santa Barbara Summer Solstice .

In science:

The average was taken over every 12 minuites for 24 hours on three days, the winter solstice (dotted), the vernal equinox (dash-dotted) and the summer solstice (dashed).
The Earth Regeneration Effect of Solar Neutrinos: a Numerical Treatment with Three Active Neutrino Flavors
It was empirically determined so that the UV irradiance calculated by COSI equals to the irradiance as measured by SOLSTICE (SOLarSTellar Irradiance Comparison Experiment, see McClintock, Snow, and Woods, 2005) onboard the SORCE satellite (Rottman, 2005) during the 2008 solar minimum.
Eclipses observed by LYRA - a sensitive tool to test the models for the solar irradiance
The additional opacity which is necessary to reproduce the SOLSTICE/SORCE irradiance does not exceed a few percents of the total opacity included in COSI.
Eclipses observed by LYRA - a sensitive tool to test the models for the solar irradiance
Let us however note that it would be possible to be in agreement with the SOLSTICE/SORCE measurements while using another temperature profile by adjusting additional opacities.
Eclipses observed by LYRA - a sensitive tool to test the models for the solar irradiance
Thus the SOLSTICE/SORCE measurements alone does not allow to constrain the temperature structure of the solar atmosphere.
Eclipses observed by LYRA - a sensitive tool to test the models for the solar irradiance