Word of the Day

The word for today is…

solstice (noun) –  Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest angular distance from the celestial equator. The summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere occurs about June 21, when the sun is at the zenith on the Tropic of Cancer; the winter solstice occurs about December 21, when the sun is at zenith on the Tropic of Capricorn. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year; the winter solstice is the shortest.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Mid-13th century, from Old French solstice (13th century), from Latin solstitium “point at which the sun seems to stand still,” especially the summer solstice, from sol “sun” + past participle stem of sistere “to come to a stop, make stand still”. In early use, Englished as sunstead (late Old English sunstede).


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