Pronunciation: (sum'ur), [key]
1. the season between spring and autumn, in the Northern Hemisphere from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox, and in the Southern Hemisphere from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox.
2. the period comprising the months of June, July, and August in the U.S., and from the middle of May to the middle of August in Great Britain.
3. a period of hot, usually sunny weather: We had no real summer last year.
4. the hotter half of the year (opposed to winter): They spend the summers in New Hampshire and the winters in Florida.
5. the period of finest development, perfection, or beauty previous to any decline: the summer of life.
6. a whole year as represented by this season: a girl of fifteen summers.

1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of summer: Iced tea is a summer drink.
2. appropriate for or done during the summer: summer clothes; summer sports.
3. having the weather or warmth of summer: summer days in late October.

to spend or pass the summer: They summered in Maine.

1. to keep, feed, or manage during the summer: Sheep are summered in high pastures.
2. to make summerlike.


Pronunciation: (sum'ur), [key]
1. a principal beam or girder, as one running between girts to support joists.
2. a stone laid upon a pier, column, or wall, from which one or more arches spring: usually molded or otherwise treated like the arch or arches springing from it.
3. a beam or lintel.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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