(Latin: a suffix that forms nouns; meaning, quality of, state of)
2. A loss incurred by giving away or selling something below its value: The food store made many sacrifices in the prices of its products so more people could survive the aftermath of the hurricanes.
3. An offering to honor or to appease a god or gods; especially, of a ritually slaughtered animal or person: Descriptions of human sacrifices by some of the ancient civilizations in Central and South America reveal how extensive such slaughters took place.
4. In chess, an act or instance of allowing or forcing an opponent to take one of the pieces or pawns so the player can gain an advantageous position: As a clever player, Hans would often set up a sacrifice so his opponent would ultimately lose the game.
5. Etymology: from Old French sacrifise; from Latin sacrificium, from sacrificus, "performing priestly functions or sacrifices"; from sacra, "sacred rites"; from sacer, "sacred" + root of facere, "to do, to perform"; in other words, sacrifice means "to make holy".
Certain sacrifices are offerings to honor or to appease a god or gods; especially, of a ritually slaughtered animal or human being as practiced in certain cultures in the past.
2. A system or operation by which people are provided with something they need, e.g., public transportation, or the organization that runs such a system.
The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and the winter solstice is the shortest.
2. Either of the two points on the ecliptic when the sun reaches its northernmost or southernmost point relative to the celestial equator: When the solstice is at its position closest to the North Pole, the sun might shine the whole day if there aren't any clouds in the sky!