winter solstice


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n winter solstice December 22, when the sun is at its southernmost point
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Winter solstice (Astron) See Solstice, 2.
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In literature:

The chief of these is at the winter solstice.
"Court Life in China" by Isaac Taylor Headland
Every year this Virgin of the Sphere as she appeared above the horizon at the winter solstice gave birth to the sun.
"The God-Idea of the Ancients" by Eliza Burt Gamble
And they felt the need of hurry, for the sun had already passed its northern solstice and was leading the winter south again.
"The Son of the Wolf" by Jack London
The late daybreak of the winter solstice found the whole City still in arms.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The days are still very short, the sun having but just passed the winter solstice.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
The Solstices impressed him most of all, with their almost constant day in summer, almost constant night in winter.
"The Development of the Feeling for Nature in the Middle Ages and Modern Times" by Alfred Biese
The Emperor is the Son of Heaven; he sacrifices to Heaven at the winter solstice.
"The Problem of China" by Bertrand Russell
In this system the year began in the winter solstice.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
In midwinter there will be a Christmas festival to promote and protect the sun's heat at the winter solstice.
"Ancient Art and Ritual" by Jane Ellen Harrison
Whence our Christmas-day, the Winter Solstice connected with Christianity.
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus

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

In news:

Psyche and the Winter Solstice .
At South Pole, winter solstice is party time.
This will be the first time a lunar eclipse has fallen on the winter solstice since 1638.
(CBS) The 2010 winter solstice is here.
Lunar Eclipse & Winter Solstice .
With tomorrow being the Winter Solstice , the sun cannot get any lower in the sky.
Paul Winter's 30th Winter Solstice Celebration.
Truth be told, it's not likely to happen before the winter solstice.
"Ignite Your Light" at a winter solstice yoga class, Thursday, December 20th from 5:15 to 6:45pm.
A poem for the winter solstice.
Lunar eclipse coincides with winter solstice.
Lunar Eclipse & Winter Solstice.
In Celebration of the Winter Solstice.
(Lange) The winter solstice is almost upon us, and I'm very glad of it.

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
Paul Kosok and Maria noticed that some of the lines were oriented to the sunrise on the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.
Maria Reiche's Line to Archaeoastronomy
Further evidence for this dating comes from the fact that the Br¯ahman. as describe rites where the interval from the winter solstice to the summer solstice is exactly 180 days.5 This makes it impossible for the rites described in these texts to be later than the second millennium B.C.
Early Theories on the Distance to the Sun