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Originally appearing in Volume V25, Page 368 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SOLSTICE (Lat. solstitium, from sal, sun, and sistere, to stand still), in astronomy either of the two points at which the sun reaches its greatest declination north or south. Each solstice is upon the ecliptic midway between the equinoxes, and there-fore 9o° from each. The term is also applied to the moment at which the sun reaches the point thus defined.
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