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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Equinox  \E"qui*nox\,  n.  [OE.  equinoxium  equenoxium  L. 
  aequinoctium  aequus  equal  +  nox,  noctis,  night:  cf  F. 
  ['e]quinoxe.  See  {Equal},  and  {Night}.] 
  1.  The  time  when  the  sun  enters  one  of  the  equinoctial 
  points,  that  is  about  March  21  and  September  22.  See 
  {Autumnal  equinox},  {Vernal  equinox},  under  {Autumnal}  and 
  {Vernal}. 
 
  When  descends  on  the  Atlantic  The  gigantic  Stormwind 
  of  the  equinox.  --Longfellow. 
 
  2.  Equinoctial  wind  or  storm.  [R.]  --Dryden. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  equinox 
  n  1:  either  of  two  times  of  the  year  when  the  sun  crosses  the 
  plane  of  the  earth's  equator  and  day  and  night  are  of 
  equal  length 
  2:  (astronomy)  either  of  the  two  celestial  points  at  which  the 
  celestial  equator  intersects  the  ecliptic  [syn:  {equinoctial 
  point}] 




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