either of the two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator
One of the two points in the ecliptic at which the sun is furthest from the celestial equator. This corresponds to one of two days in the year when the day is either longest or shortest.
Origin: From solstitium, from sol + stitium (as in English solar and resist), from sisto, both from roots.
a stopping or standing still of the sun
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
the time of the sun's passing the solstices, or solstitial points, namely, about June 21 and December 21. See Illust. in Appendix
Origin: [L. solstitium; sol the sun + sistere to cause to stand, akin to stare to stand: cf. F. solstice. See Solar, a., Stand, v. i.]
A solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. As a result, on the day of the solstice, the Sun appears to have reached its highest or lowest annual altitude in the sky above the horizon at local solar noon. The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol and sistere, because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the seasonal movement of the Sun's path comes to a stop before reversing direction. The solstices, together with the equinoxes, are connected with the seasons. In many cultures the solstices mark either the beginning or the midpoint of winter and summer. The term solstice can also be used in a broader sense, as the date when this occurs. The day of the solstice is either the longest day of the year or the shortest day of the year for any place outside of the tropics.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sol′stis, n. 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.—adj. Solsti′tial, pertaining to, or happening at, a solstice, esp. at the north one. [Fr.,—L. solstitium—sol, the sun, sistĕre, to make to stand—stāre, to stand.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
summer and winter, the two recurring periods of the year at which the sun is farthest distant N. or S. from the equator, which mark midsummer and midwinter, the times being the 21st of June and 22nd of December; also applied to the two points in the ecliptic (q. v.), which the sun appears to reach on these two dates.
The numerical value of solstice in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of solstice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
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.
On every June 21, the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, I remember this unforgettable line from Albert Camus: 'In the depth of Winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible Summer.' It's true that we often discover our true strength only during the most challenging phases of life. We must keep alive and rekindled that divine spark of Stregth that is always within us, invincible and indestructible, as we welcome Summer on June 21 every year.
Sur tous les 21 juin, le solstice d'été dans l'hémisphère nord, je me souviens de cette ligne inoubliable Albert Camus: 'Dans la profondeur de l'hiver i finalement appris qu'il y avait en moi un invincible été.' Il est vrai que nous découvrons notre véritable force souvent que pendant les phases les plus difficiles de la vie. Nous devons garder vivant et ravivé cette étincelle divine de stregth qui est toujours en nous, invincible et indestructible, que nous nous félicitons de l'été sur le 21 juin chaque année.
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- solsticiCatalan, Valencian
- titik balik matahariIndonesian
- sólstöður, sólhvörfIcelandic
- 冬至, 夏至Japanese
- hikumutu, takanga o te rāMāori
- zonnestilstand, zonnewendeDutch
- solkvervNorwegian Nynorsk
- shá niiltłʼah, shá niighááhNavajo, Navaho
- solstițiul iernii, solstițiul verii, solstițiuRomanian
- vintersolstånd, sommarsolståndSwedish
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