Definitions for solsticeˈsɒl stɪs, ˈsoʊl-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. solstice(noun)

    either of the two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator


  1. solstice(Noun)

    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.

  2. Origin: From solstitium, from sol + stitium (as in English solar and resist), from sisto, both from roots.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Solstice(verb)

    a stopping or standing still of the sun

  2. Solstice(verb)

    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

  3. Solstice(verb)

    the time of the sun's passing the solstices, or solstitial points, namely, about June 21 and December 21. See Illust. in Appendix

  4. 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.]


  1. Solstice

    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.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Solstice

    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.

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