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Solstice \Sol"stice\, n.[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 stopping or standing still of the sun. [Obs.]
--Sir T. Browne.
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.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
mid-13c., from Old French solstice (13c.), from Latin solstitium "point at which the sun seems to stand still," especially the summer solstice, from sol "sun" (see sol) + past participle stem of sistere "to come to a stop, make stand still" (see assist (v.)). In early use, Englished as sunstead (late Old English sunstede).
n. 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.
n. either of the two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator
A solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year (in June and December) as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. The seasons of the year are directly connected to both the solstices and the equinoxes.
The term solstice can also be used in a broader sense, as the day when this occurs. The day of the solstice is either the longest day of the year ( summer solstice) or the shortest day of the year ( winter solstice) for any place outside of the tropics. Alternative terms, with no ambiguity as to which hemisphere is the context, are June solstice and December solstice, referring to the months of year in which they take place.
At latitudes in the temperate zone, the summer solstice marks the day when the sun appears highest in the sky. However, in the tropics, the sun appears directly overhead (called the subsolar point) some days (or even months) before the solstice and again after the solstice, which means the subsolar point occurs twice each year.
The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the seasonal movement of the Sun's path (as seen from Earth) comes to a stop before reversing direction.
Solstice is a puzzle-oriented video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System created by Software Creations and influenced by Ultimate Play the Game's Knight Lore and Pentagram. Its theme music was scored by composer Tim Follin.
A solstice is a bi-annual astronomical event, when the Sun's apparent position in the sky reaches its northernmost or southernmost extremes.
Solstice may also refer to:
Solstice is a 2008 American supernatural horror remake of the Danish film Midsommer from 2003. It is directed by Daniel Myrick and co-written by Myrick, Ethan Erwin and Martin Musatov. The film stars Elisabeth Harnois, Shawn Ashmore, Hilarie Burton, Amanda Seyfried, Tyler Hoechlin, and Matt O'Leary.
Solstice is an epic doom metal band from Dewsbury, England, founded by Rich Walker after the breaking up of his previous hardcore punk / grindcore bands Sore Throat and Warfear. Together with Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus, Solstice is responsible for expanding upon epic doom metal.
Rich Walker also used to run The Miskatonic Foundation, a record label dedicated to doom metal and traditional heavy metal. It has now since dissolved due to lack of time.
Solstice is an album by the American guitarist Ralph Towner that was released on the ECM label in 1975. It features Towner with Jan Garbarek, Eberhard Weber and Jon Christensen.
The 1977 album, Solstice/Sound and Shadows, was released by Towner on ECM with the same quartet.
Solstice is an American death/thrash band from Miami, Florida. They were formed in 1990 by drummer Alex Marquez and guitarists Rob Barrett and Dennis Munoz. The band has released three albums on Steamhammer Records. The band has now reformed and recently recruited Ryan Taylor to take care of singing and rhythm guitar duties. Solstice is currently set to embark in a U.S. tour and are in the process of recording a new album.
Solstice is a fictional comic book super heroine published by DC Comics. The character is set to appear as a new member in DC's long-running Teen Titans comic book series, and was created by JT Krul and Nicola Scott. Krul has described the character as being "a positive spirit - influenced by the various cultures she’s encountered during her travels throughout the world. She embraces life and all the adventure and experiences it offers."
Solstice are a British neo-progressive, folk rock band formed in 1980. They are led by guitarist Andy Glass, who is the sole founding member still in the band.
Usage examples of "solstice".
Henceforth this year would creep toward its low mark ever more slowly, pausing at the zero of solstice, obliquely peering through a certain slit at Stonehenge, and returning dumbly north, climbing the spine of the west, from the caude of Tierra del Fuego up the flex of Cordilleras, ending here, at what would be the nape of the Brooks range, the archaic brainstem of the planet, where, eons ago, a landbridge had offered passage to migrants from the east.
He would camp out in the cave overnight to await the precise moment of the winter solstice, half fearing and half hoping for another one of those fluky winter storms for which the Sleepers were locally infamous.
And however you calculate it, O great geometer, Cancer begins at midnight tonight, and announces the first day of the summer solstice.
Orion and Sirius rising heliacally just ahead of the sun at dawn on the summer solstice.
When the Vernal Equinox was in Taurus, he rose heliacally, that is, just before the Sun, when, at the Summer Solstice, the Sun entered Leo, about the 21st of June, fifteen days previous to the swelling of the Nile.
But Sandy was a witch, and Natil, as far as Sandy was concerned, was a witch, too, and so this feast of the first noticeable lengthening of daylight after the long darkness of the Winter Solstice, of the purification that went hand in hand with a preparation for the coming spring, had to be kept, even if it were kept a little late.
On this night of the summer solstice, the beginning of the three weeks of madness celebrating the rising of the river, Ptolemy the Second, called Philadelphus, stood on his balcony and looked out over the royal harbor.
Ptolemy, the day of the summer solstice, I measured the angle of the sun at high noon.
Syene, where the finest red granite is quarried, a tall pole casts no shadow at noon on the day of the summer solstice, and the sun shines directly into the wells.
It means the summer solstice, and great festivities throughout the land, going on for days.
On this night of the summer solstice, the beginning of the three weeks of madness celebrating the rising of the river.
The onyx floor tolled like struck bronze as the solstice charge surged down the lane.
England the winter solstice came down with a bitter antiphony of snow and frost.
Although some would like to believe the lines represent prehistoric runways for ancient astronauts, we now know them to be astronomically aligned, marking the positions of the winter solstice, the equinox, the constellation of Orion, and perhaps other heavenly bodies as yet unbeknownst to us.
And they lamented when, after the Autumnal Equinox, the malign influence of the venomous Scorpion, and vindictive Archer, and the filthy and ill-omened He-Goat dragged him down toward the Winter Solstice.