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Thursday, December 20, 2012


My word for the week is solstice [sohl-stis], a noun meaning "either of the two times each year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator: about June 21st, when the sun reaches its northernmost point on the celestial sphere (the summer solstice) and about Dec. 22nd, when it reaches its southernmost point (the winter solstice)."  The word can also mean "a turning point".  Here are a few sentence examples:

Soon it will be the shortest day (and longest night) 
of the year, the winter solstice.

On the winter solstice, 
some people celebrate the Yule holiday.

She felt she'd reached a solstice in her life, 
vowing to change for the better.

When the solstice comes on Friday, 
it will officially be winter.

How would you use the word solstice?  Are you looking forward to the start of winter?  I am! :)

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