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solstice

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Definition either of the two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the equator
  • Their deadly ritual for the autumn solstice would have been completed by him.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • Barclay went up to the attic to Shift some weapons out of curtain rods and old Solstice decorations.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • '... at the solstice will come a new ...' said the figure of an old, bearded man.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • We spoke last class about the difference between equinox and solstice and you remember this, I trust, Miss Innocenti.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • At that period of the solstice, the light of full noonday is, so to speak, poignant.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Rather than the solstice?
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Solstice greetings to you, Maya.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • You realize it's the solstice," the girl said.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • "Prusias expects an answer by solstice," said Max.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Unless someone intervenes, unless the master bolt is found and returned to Zeus before the solstice, there will be war.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • "Artemis must be present at the solstice," Zoe said.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan's Curse
  • It would reach its fullness on the night of the solstice, the gray time between the seasons when the air tingled with magic.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • The solstice[263] he does not observe; the equinox he knows as little; and the whole bright calendar of the year is without a dial in his mind.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • It must be by the solstice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • They'll give you a tour of the rest of the campus, and I'll pick you up for the solstice party afterward, okay?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The sun's rays, shining through the oculus on the south wall, moved farther down the line every day, indicating the passage of time, from solstice to solstice.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He is a warrior and a scholar, though fickle in his moods, so we burn offerings to assure his affection at the solstices, before sowing, and at deaths and births.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The sun Had first his precept so to move, so shine, As might affect the earth with cold and heat Scarce tolerable; and from the north to call Decrepit winter; from the south to bring Solstitial summer's heat.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • It would not have surprised me if-on the spring or autumn solstice-Hyperion's sun would, from this vantage point, appear to set directly into the Cleft, its red sides just touching the pink-toned rock walls.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Presently I noted that the sun belt swayed up and down, from solstice to solstice, in a minute or less, and that consequently my pace was over a year a minute; and minute by minute the white snow flashed across the world, and vanished, and was followed by the bright, brief green of spring.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine

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