Solomon's seal(Bot.), a perennial liliaceous plant of the genus Polygonatum, having simple erect or curving stems rising from thick and knotted rootstocks, and with white or greenish nodding flowers. The commonest European species is Polygonatum multiflorum. P. biflorum and P. giganteum are common in the Eastern United States. See Illust. of Rootstock.False Solomon's seal(Bot.), any plant of the liliaceous genus Smilacina having small whitish flowers in terminal racemes or panicles.

(So"lon) n. A celebrated Athenian lawmaker, born about 638 b. c.; hence, a legislator; a publicist; — often used ironically.

(Sol*pu"gid) a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Solifugæ.n. One of the Solifugæ.

(||Sol`pu*gid"e*a) n. pl. [NL. See Solifugæ.] (Zoöl.) Same as Solifugæ.

(Sol"stice) n.[L. solstitium; sol the sun + sistere to cause to stand, akin to stare to stand: cf. F. solstice. See Solar, a., Stand, v. i.]

1. A stopping or standing still of the sun. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.

2. (Astron.) (a) The point in the ecliptic at which the sun is farthest from the equator, north or south, namely, the first point of the sign Cancer and the first point of the sign Capricorn, the former being the summer solstice, latter the winter solstice, in northern latitudes; — so called because the sun then apparently

(So*liv"a*gous) a. [L. solivagus.] Solivagant.

(Sol"lar) n.

1. See Solar, n. [Obs.]

2. (Mining) A platform in a shaft, especially one of those between the series of ladders in a shaft.

(Sol"lar), v. t. To cover, or provide with, a sollar.

(Sol"lein) a. Sullen; sad. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Sol*ler*et") n. [F. soleretim. fr. OF. soler shoe.] A flexible steel shoe worn with mediæval armor.

(Sol`mi*za"tion) n. [F. solmisation, fr. solmiser to sol-fa; — called from the musical notes sol, mi. See Sol-fa.] (Mus.) The act of sol-faing. [Written also solmisation.]

This art was practiced by the Greeks; but six of the seven syllables now in use are generally attributed to Guido d' Arezzo, an Italian monk of the eleventh century, who is said to have taken them from the first syllables of the first six lines of the following stanza of a monkish hymn to St. John the Baptist. —

Ut queant laxis
Resonare fibris
Mira gestorum
Famuli tuorum
Solve polluti
Labii reatum,
Sancte Joannes.

Professor Skeat says the name of the seventh note, si, was also formed by him [Guido] from the initials of the two words of the last line; but this is disputed, Littré attributing the first use of it to Anselm of Flanders long afterwards. The syllable do is often substituted for ut.

(So"lo) n.; pl. E. Solos It. Soli [It., from L. solus alone. See Sole, a.] (Mus.) A tune, air, strain, or a whole piece, played by a single person on an instrument, or sung by a single voice.

(So"lo*ist), n. (Mus.) One who sings or plays a solo.

(Sol"o*mon) n. One of the kings of Israel, noted for his superior wisdom and magnificent reign; hence, a very wise man.Sol`o*mon"ic a.

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