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[sol-stish-uh l, sohl-]
  1. of or relating to a solstice or the solstices: a solstitial point.
  2. occurring at or about the time of a solstice.
  3. characteristic of the summer solstice.
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Origin of solstitial

1550–60; < Latin sōlstitiālis; see solstice, -al1
Related formssol·sti·tial·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of solstitial

  • The epochs when the sun passes through the solstitial points.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Now the townsmen are all out of doors on account of the solstitial holiday.

  • The first was an equinoctial, the second a solstitial armilla.

  • On the surface of the sphere the equator, the ecliptic, the equinoctial, and the solstitial colures are represented.

  • Note the star μ, which serves to point out the Winter Solstice, where the solstitial colure intersects the ecliptic.

    A Field Book of the Stars

    William Tyler Olcott

Word Origin and History for solstitial


1550s, from Latin solstitialis, from solstitium (see solstice).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper