Adjective "winter" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


The coldest season of the year, in the northern hemisphere from December to February and in the southern hemisphere from June to August.
  1. as modifier 'the winter months'
  2. 'It is characterized by cold winters and relatively long growing seasons, averaging 60 frost-free days per year.'
  3. 'We're looking at some idea that it might be a colder than normal winter in the Northeast and Midwest.'
  4. 'If you are looking for some respite from the cold winter months there is an abundance of destinations to suit all budgets.'
  5. 'The temperate regions of southern Australia have four seasons, with cool winters and hot summers.'
  6. 'At the moment the Earth's closest approach to the Sun occurs in January, when the North Pole is pointing away from the Sun, resulting in slightly colder northern hemisphere winters.'
  7. 'But after a cold winter in the southern uplands you may recognise that ending up on a human dinner plate is not so bad.'
  8. 'A leading local politician has urged pensioners to take advantage of a government initiative to heat their homes during the cold winter months.'
  9. 'Flights are suspended to Antarctica around the end of February each year when the Southern Hemisphere winter makes it too cold to fly.'
  10. 'The coldest peaks of winter usually occur in August and September, so many fear a heightened emergency.'
  11. 'Through February, the usual winter fishing locations should continue to be your best bet.'
  12. 'Because the Chinese calendar is lunar based, the Chinese new year begins on the 2nd new moon of winter, usually sometime in February.'
  13. 'Similarly the winters in the north are shorter and milder than they would be otherwise.'
  14. 'he seemed a hundred winters old'
  15. 'A striker who spent two winters at Highfield Road and enjoyed his best period alongside Macdonald at Newcastle.'
  16. 'Upon retirement, Hugh and Florence spent 18 wonderful winters in Quartzite, Arizona with many very valued friends.'
  17. 'He spent two winters in what is now called Gjoa Haven.'
  18. 'Several winters ago, I spent a morning in a makeshift ground blind on a rocky hillside near Laredo.'
  19. 'Between 1971 and 1998 she became a much traveled lady and spent 17 winters in Hong Kong with her son Mick who was employed there.'


(of fruit) ripening late in the year.
  1. 'Several lines of evidence suggest winter fruit may be important to less frugivorous species as well.'
  2. 'No purist, he happily uses olive oil in a Thai-style curry paste, chops cress on to avocados and serves pomegranate, a winter fruit, at a summer party.'
  3. 'The others went for the escallops of pork served on a bed of butternut squash purée with wild mushroom brandy sauce and a winter fruit chutney.'
  4. 'In the Black Earth region wheat was the predominant winter crop, with rye elsewhere.'
  5. 'In Kansas, I see that some of the winter wheat has been harvested.'
  6. 'Production of winter wheat, harvested in July, was down by up to 50 percent.'
  7. 'The Russian wheat aphid is a major pest of winter wheat and barley in the United States and worldwide.'
  8. 'The very warm and dry conditions had seen half of lowland winter barley crops harvested with winter oilseed rape not far behind.'
  9. 'The study is researching the practice of planting soybeans into cover crops of winter rye.'
  10. 'The Paull land has just yielded its last harvest of winter wheat and barley.'
  11. 'The greatest risk is in fields where a winter cereal cover crop has been used.'
  12. 'Already, India has reported a 10 percent drop in its winter rice harvest.'
  13. 'Soft red winter wheat and corn used were produced on farms in southeast Virginia and obtained from a local grain dealer.'


(especially of a bird) spend the winter in a particular place.
  1. 'American Pipits are present in Washington as breeders, migrants, and wintering birds.'
  2. 'Some continental birds wintering here arrived in Scotland direct from Scandinavia; others enter East Anglia through Holland and Belgium.'
  3. 'A car provides an excellent mobile observatory for tracking down and observing contingents of pink-footed geese wintering in north-west Norfolk.'
  4. 'These routes used by migratory birds for passage between wintering and breeding ranges are called flyways.'
  5. 'Feeding and squatting in the sun and all indifferent to passing trains, bean geese have wintered in this favoured area of the Yare valley many years.'
  6. 'Most years, shorelarks wintering locally linger here until the end of April, with stragglers to the second week in May.'
  7. 'Cold weather, a lack of food or disturbance can however cause wintering birds to seek new sites.'
  8. 'For birds wintering at that northerly location, spring migrations may be less arduous, leading to increased survival and breeding success.'
  9. 'Like many of the Arctic refuge's birds, snow geese winter in warmer parts of the lower 48 states.'
  10. 'The Harris's Sparrow is a rare but regular wintering bird in Washington.'
  11. 'The cows are wintered at home on arable by-products and are moved to Fleensop to graze in the spring.'
  12. 'A natural extension to this was a scheme to move animals to the feed rather than the feed to the animals, with both cattle and sheep being wintered away from their own upland holding to the lowlands of the Vale of York.'
  13. 'There are no slatted sheds allowed in Scotland so wintering cattle can be pretty labour intensive.'
  14. 'Farmers have been unable to bring in ewes for lambing after wintering them on hills and in fields, while calving has also been disrupted.'
  15. 'His cows (he milks 35 Dutch belted, Jerseys, and milking shorthorns) are wintered outdoors on 265 acres of highly erodible land and prior converted wetlands.'
  16. 'We never wintered cattle there because of its remoteness and lack of shelter.'


1. the cold season between autumn and spring in northern latitudes (in the Northern Hemisphere from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox; in the Southern Hemisphere from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox).

2. the months of December, January, and February in the U.S., and of November, December, and January in Great Britain.

3. cold weather: a touch of winter in northern Florida.

4. the colder half of the year (opposed to summer).

5. a whole year as represented by this

More examples(as adjective)

"wheats can be winter."

"crops can be winter."

"weathers can be winter."

"seasons can be winter."

"months can be winter."

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Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch winter and German Winter, probably also to wet.