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winter

[ win-ter ]
/ 藞w瑟n t蓹r /
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noun
adjective
verb (used without object)
to spend or pass the winter: to winter in Italy.
to keep, feed, or manage during the winter, as plants or cattle: plants wintering indoors.

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Origin of winter

before 900; (noun) Middle English, Old English; cognate with German Winter,Old Norse vetr,Gothic wintrus; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun; akin to wet, water

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British Dictionary definitions for winter

winter
/ (藞w瑟nt蓹) /

noun
  1. (sometimes capital) the coldest season of the year, between autumn and spring, astronomically from the December solstice to the March equinox in the N hemisphere and at the opposite time of year in the S hemisphere
  2. (as modifier)winter pasture
the period of cold weather associated with the winter
a time of decline, decay, etc
mainly poetic a year represented by this seasona man of 72 winters Related adjectives: brumal, hibernal, hiemal
verb
(intr) to spend the winter in a specified place
to keep or feed (farm animals, etc) during the winter or (of farm animals) to be kept or fed during the winter

Derived forms of winter

winterer, nounwinterish or winter-like, adjectivewinterless, adjective

Word Origin for winter

Old English; related to Old Saxon, Old High German wintar, Old Norse vetr, Gothic wintrus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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