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summer solstice

"Isn’t that— yes, that’s the summer solstice," Iona remembered.
Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  the instant in each year when the Sun, as seen from Earth, is farthest from the equator such that the time of daylight lasts longer than any other day; or more broadly, the day that holds that instant
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Strongly Associated with:   winter solstice, equinox
Concept Mastery:  The day falls on different dates depending upon the year, but in the northern hemisphere this is about June 21st and in the southern hemisphere it is about December 21st.

Note the time of the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, is the time of the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere.

Cultures throughout history have celebrated the solstices and architecture as varied as Egyptian tombs and Stonehenge was designed to take advantage of the sun’s position during solstices.
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  • "Isn’t that— yes, that’s the summer solstice," Iona remembered.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • You should sail by summer solstice, when the gods’ power is strongest.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Faolin created this especially for me one summer solstice, long ago.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The summer solstice deadline—
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief

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  • At that time, the summer solstice of these southernmost districts, the sun had started back down, and tomorrow it would cast its last rays.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • In the early epochs of our race, men dwelt in temporary huts, of bowers of branches, as easily constructed as a bird’s-nest, and which they built,—if it should be called building, when such sweet homes of a summer solstice rather grew than were made with hands,—which Nature, we will say, assisted them to rear where fruit abounded, where fish and game were plentiful, or, most especially, where the sense of beauty was to be gratified by a lovelier shade than elsewhere, and a more…
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The vernal equinox now lay three months in the past, the summer solstice had arrived.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He would attach the adamantite handle the next night and all would be ready for the enchantment under the full moon on the night of the summer solstice.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • …or contributed in printed form, following the precedent of Philip Beaufoy or Doctor Dick or Heblon’s Studies in Blue, to a publication of certified circulation and solvency or employed verbally as intellectual stimulation for sympathetic auditors, tacitly appreciative of successful narrative and confidently augurative of successful achievement, during the increasingly longer nights gradually following the summer solstice on the day but three following, videlicet, Tuesday, 21 June (S.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • What’s the summer solstice dead-line?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief

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  • The night of the summer solstice, when magic tingled in the air, exciting all but the rational beings who had rejected such base instinctual urges, had begun.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • When she saw my eyes open, she asked, "What will happen at the summer solstice?"
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • You asked me something about the summer solstice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Grover mentioned the summer solstice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • And if it isn’t returned by summer solstice, there’s going to be trouble.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Zeus has demanded that Poseidon return the bolt by the summer solstice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • And get it back to Olympus before the summer solstice, in ten days.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • At this rate, we’d never make it to L.A. alive, much less before the summer solstice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Toward the end of our second day on the train, June 13, eight days before the summer solstice, we passed through some golden hills and over the Mississippi River into St. Louis.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • We had only one day left until the summer solstice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • I didn’t know how we were ever going to find the entrance to the Underworld by tomorrow, the summer solstice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Somehow, I knew what time it was: early morning, June 21, the day of the summer solstice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
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Associated words [difficulty]:   summer solstice [9] , winter solstice [9] , equinox [5]
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