winter ( winters plural & 3rd person present, plural) ( wintering present participle) ( wintered past tense & past participle )
1 n-var Winter is the season between autumn and spring. In the winter the weather is usually cold.
In winter the nights are long and cold., ...the winter months., ...the late winter of 1941.
2 verb If an animal or plant winters somewhere or is wintered there, it spends the winter there.
The birds will winter outside in an aviary... V adv/prep
The young seedlings are usually wintered in a cold frame. be V-ed prep/adv
...one of the most important sites for wintering wildfowl. V-ing, Also V n prep/adv
3 verb If you winter somewhere, you spend the winter there. FORMAL The family decided to winter in Nice again. V prep/adv
Nuclear winter refers to the possible effects on the environment of a war in which large numbers of nuclear weapons are used. It is thought that there would be very low temperatures and very little light during a nuclear winter. n-uncount also a N
Winter sports are sports that take place on ice or snow, for example skating and skiing. n-plural
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