Definition for Summer (-s, -'s)

summer (-s, -'s), n. [OE 'half-year'.]

  1. Warmer weather.
  2. Season before the cool weather comes; [kenning: “summer's brows”] crops; harvests; garden yields; fields and foliage.
  3. Warmth; light; verdure; long days; [fig.] affection; enlightenment; sustenance; endless delight.
  4. Period of the year with most daylight.
  5. Gathering season; [fig.] celestial glory; resurrection day; the kingdom of God (see Luke 21:29-31).
  6. Time when many flowers bloom; [personification] a well-dressed woman; a fastidious matron; a reverent person.
  7. Prime; bloom; time of life-giving forces; [fig.] life; lifetime; life span.
  8. Glorious season; lovely time of the year; [fig.] delightful day; time of complete joy.
  9. Growing season; time in the northern hemisphere when plants, flowers, and other living things flourish; [personification] a Bride decked in flowers for her wedding day.
  10. Season comprising June, July, and August in the northern hemisphere; June 21st through September 20th; time period of about three months.
  11. Warmest season; time of the year between spring and fall.
  12. Fullness; high point of the seasons; time of longest days; period of most light in the year; [word play on “sum”] auditor; accountant; one who casts up an account (see NW's definition “one who casts accounts”).
  13. Phrase. “Summer's full”: Midsummer; time of most sunlight in the calendar year; solstice that happens about June 21st each year in the northern hemisphere of the earth.
  14. Phrase. “Indian Summer”: (see Indian, proper adj.) reprisal; period of warmer weather in autumn; time of summer temperatures in the fall season of the year.

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