solstice

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Illumination of Earth by Sun at the southern solstice.

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From Old French solstice, from Latin solstitium, from sol ‎(sun) + sto ‎(stand) (as in English solar and resist), from sistō ‎(I stand still), both from Proto-Indo-European roots.

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solstice ‎(plural solstices)

  1. 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.
    • 2010, Capt Sp Meek, The Solar Magnet
      The point at which the sun is nearest to the south pole we call the winter solstice, and the opposite point, the summer solstice.

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Latin solstitium

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solstice m ‎(plural solstices)

  1. (astronomy) solstice

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