What does winter mean?

Definitions for winter
ˈwɪn tərwin·ter

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word winter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. winter, wintertimeverb

    the coldest season of the year; in the northern hemisphere it extends from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox

  2. winter, overwinterverb

    spend the winter

    "We wintered on the Riviera"; "Shackleton's men overwintered on Elephant Island"

Wiktionary

  1. winternoun

    Traditionally the fourth of the four seasons, typically regarded as being from December 23 to March 20 in continental regions of the Northern Hemisphere or the months of June, July and August in the Southern Hemisphere. It is the time when the sun is lowest in the sky, resulting in short days, and the time of year with the lowest atmospheric temperatures for the region.

    Etymology: From wintruz. Perhaps represents a nasalised variant of wed- ( > English water, wet); but perhaps akin to winistre, with original sense possibly a cardinal direction or possibly "unfavorable" . Another theory is that the word itself stemmed from the old Gaelic words "Wyn" and "Tir", which, when put together, mean "White Earth."

  2. winterverb

    To spend the winter (in a particular place).

    When they retired, they hoped to winter in Florida.

    Etymology: From wintruz. Perhaps represents a nasalised variant of wed- ( > English water, wet); but perhaps akin to winistre, with original sense possibly a cardinal direction or possibly "unfavorable" . Another theory is that the word itself stemmed from the old Gaelic words "Wyn" and "Tir", which, when put together, mean "White Earth."

  3. winterverb

    To store something (for instance animals) somewhere over winter to protect it from cold.

    Etymology: From wintruz. Perhaps represents a nasalised variant of wed- ( > English water, wet); but perhaps akin to winistre, with original sense possibly a cardinal direction or possibly "unfavorable" . Another theory is that the word itself stemmed from the old Gaelic words "Wyn" and "Tir", which, when put together, mean "White Earth."

  4. Winternoun

    A common Germanic surname.

    Etymology: From wintruz. Perhaps represents a nasalised variant of wed- ( > English water, wet); but perhaps akin to winistre, with original sense possibly a cardinal direction or possibly "unfavorable" . Another theory is that the word itself stemmed from the old Gaelic words "Wyn" and "Tir", which, when put together, mean "White Earth."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Winternoun

    the season of the year in which the sun shines most obliquely upon any region; the coldest season of the year

    Etymology: [AS. winter; akin to OFries. & D. winter, OS. & OHG. wintar, G. winter, D. & Sw. vinter, Icel. vetr, Goth. wintrus; of uncertain origin; cf. Old Gallic vindo- white (in comp.), OIr. find white. .]

  2. Winternoun

    the period of decay, old age, death, or the like

    Etymology: [AS. winter; akin to OFries. & D. winter, OS. & OHG. wintar, G. winter, D. & Sw. vinter, Icel. vetr, Goth. wintrus; of uncertain origin; cf. Old Gallic vindo- white (in comp.), OIr. find white. .]

  3. Winterverb

    to pass the winter; to hibernate; as, to winter in Florida

    Etymology: [AS. winter; akin to OFries. & D. winter, OS. & OHG. wintar, G. winter, D. & Sw. vinter, Icel. vetr, Goth. wintrus; of uncertain origin; cf. Old Gallic vindo- white (in comp.), OIr. find white. .]

  4. Winterverb

    to keep, feed or manage, during the winter; as, to winter young cattle on straw

    Etymology: [AS. winter; akin to OFries. & D. winter, OS. & OHG. wintar, G. winter, D. & Sw. vinter, Icel. vetr, Goth. wintrus; of uncertain origin; cf. Old Gallic vindo- white (in comp.), OIr. find white. .]

Freebase

  1. Winter

    Winter is the coldest season of the year in temperate climates, between autumn and spring. It is caused by the axis of the Earth in the respective hemisphere being oriented away from the Sun. Different cultures define different dates as the start of winter, and some use a definition based on weather, but when it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere it is summer in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa. In many regions, winter is associated with snow and freezing temperatures. At the winter solstice, the days are shortest and the nights are longest, with days lengthening as the season progresses after the solstice.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Winter

    win′tėr, n. the cold season of the year: a year: any season of cheerlessness: the last corn of the harvest, a harvest festival.—adj. wintry.—v.i. to pass the winter.—v.t. to feed, or to detain, during winter.—ns. Win′ter-app′le, an apple that keeps well in winter, or that does not ripen till winter; Win′ter-bar′ley, a kind of barley which is sown in autumn.—adj. Win′ter-beat′en (Spens.), beaten or injured by the cold of winter.—ns. Win′ter-berr′y, a name given to several shrubs of the genus Ilex, growing in the eastern parts of North America; Win′ter-bloom, the witch-hazel; Win′ter-bourne, an intermittent spring in the chalk-districts; Win′ter-cherr′y, one of the Solanaceæ, a plant with edible red berries—also called in the United States Strawberry-tomatoes: the Balloon-vine, having large triangular, inflated fruit.—adj. Win′ter-clad, warmly clad.—ns. Win′ter-clov′er, the partridge-berry; Win′ter-cress, a cruciferous plant, cultivated for winter salad; Win′ter-crop, a crop that will endure the winter, or that yields fodder in winter-time.—adj. Win′tered, having seen many winters: exposed to winter: (Shak.) worn in winter.—ns. Win′ter-fall′ow, a fallow made in the winter; Win′ter-gar′den, an ornamental garden for winter; Win′ter-green, a plant of genus Pyrola, also of Chimaphila: a plant of genus Gualtheria, whose oil is an aromatic stimulant, used chiefly in flavouring confectionery and syrups.—v.t. Win′ter-ground (Shak.), to protect, as a plant, from the inclemency of winter.—ns. Win′ter-lodge, -lodg′ment, the hibernacle of a plant.—adj. Win′terly, cheerless.—n.pl. Win′ter-quar′ters, the quarters of an army during winter: a winter residence.—ns. Win′ter-sett′le, an old word for a winter dwelling; Win′ter-tide, winter: Win′ter-wheat, wheat sown in autumn; Win′triness.—adjs. Win′try, Win′tery, resembling, or suitable to, winter: stormy. [A.S. winter; Ger. winter; of uncertain origin; not conn. with wind.]

  2. Winter

    win′tėr, n. an appliance for fixing on the front of a grate, to keep warm a tea-kettle or the like.

Editors Contribution

  1. winter

    A season on planet earth.

    Winter can bring such beauty to the landscape a crisp fresh look.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 28, 2020  
  2. winter

    In the northern hemisphere is the months of december, january and february.

    We have moderate winters in the northern hemisphere.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  
  3. winter

    In the southern hemisphere is the months of june, july and august.

    Winter in the southern hemisphere is different to the northern hemisphere.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'winter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1489

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'winter' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1663

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'winter' in Nouns Frequency: #636

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of winter in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of winter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of winter in a Sentence

  1. Susan Bell:

    They will push (winter) turnarounds later into 2020 to take advantage of that margin bump from the switch to IMO 2020.

  2. Farmer Ramesh Singh:

    Last year, I promised myself I wouldn't set the rice paddy residue on fire to clear my field for planting winter crops, but as the new sowing season drew closer, I started running out of time and I reluctantly set the farm waste on fire to prepare the field for wheat planting.

  3. Gareth Hutton:

    The tour embraces that quintessential feeling of what winter should really be like -- powdery snow, snow-capped trees and those amazing skies, not only are the northern lights spectacular, but the long winter sunsets are pretty magical, too.

  4. Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary:

    Our focus will be on one of the two major Scandinavian airlines, we think one or the other of those are the most likely to fail this winter.

  5. Akram Hussain:

    When the livestock comes down for the winter what are we going to feed them? If our livestock goes, our culture goes.

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    • A. jejune
    • B. numinous
    • C. valetudinarian
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