|1.||a. (sometimes capital) the coldest season of the year, between autumn and spring, astronomically from the December solstice to the March equinox in the N hemisphere and at the opposite time of year in the S hemisphere|
|b. (as modifier): winter pasture|
|2.||the period of cold weather associated with the winter|
|3.||a time of decline, decay, etc|
|4.||poetic chiefly a year represented by this season: a man of 72 winters Related: brumal, hibernal, hiemal|
|5.||(intr) to spend the winter in a specified place|
|6.||to keep or feed (farm animals, etc) during the winter or (of farm animals) to be kept or fed during the winter|
|Related: brumal, hibernal, hiemal|
|[Old English; related to Old Saxon, Old High German wintar, Old Norse vetr, Gothic wintrus]|
coldest season of the year, between autumn and spring; the name comes from an old Germanic word that means "time of water" and refers to the rain and snow of winter in middle and high latitudes. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is commonly regarded as extending from the winter solstice (year's shortest day), December 21 or 22, to the vernal equinox (day and night equal in length), March 20 or 21, and in the Southern Hemisphere, from June 21 or 22 to September 22 or 23. The low temperatures associated with winter occur only in middle and high latitudes; in equatorial regions, temperatures are almost uniformly high throughout the year. For physical causes of the seasons, see season.
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