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solsticenoun [C]

uk   /ˈsɒl.stɪs/  us   /ˈsɑːl-/
either of the two ​occasions in the ​year when the ​sun is ​directly above either the ​furthestpointnorth or the ​furthestpointsouth of the equator that it ​everreaches. These are the ​times in the ​year, in the ​middle of the ​summer or ​winter, when there are the ​longesthours of ​day or ​night: the summer/​winter solstice
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(Definition of solstice from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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solsticenoun [C]

 us   /ˈsɑl·stɪs, ˈsoʊl-/
earth science either of the two ​times during the ​year when the ​sun is ​farthest from the ​equator, about ​June 21st when the ​sun is ​farthestnorth of the ​equator and about ​December 22nd when it is ​farthestsouth: The ​summer solstice has the ​longestdays, and the ​winter solstice has the ​shortest.
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