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winter solstice

noun, Astronomy
1.
the solstice on or about December 21st that marks the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35
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winter solstice

noun
1.
the time at which the sun is at its southernmost point in the sky (northernmost point in the S hemisphere) appearing at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon. It occurs about December 22 (June 21 in the S hemisphere)
2.
(astronomy) the point on the celestial sphere, opposite the summer solstice, at which the ecliptic is furthest south from the celestial equator. Right ascension: 18 hours; declination: –23.5°
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winter solstice
  (wĭn'tər)   
See under solstice.
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