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tropic

noun trop·ic \ ˈträ-pik \

Definition of tropic

1 :either of the two parallels of terrestrial latitude at a distance of about 23¹/₂ degrees north or south of the equator where the sun is directly overhead when it reaches its most northerly or southerly point in the sky — compare tropic of cancer, tropic of capricorn
2 tropics or Tropics plural :the region lying between the tropics

Examples of tropic in a Sentence

  1. a vacation in the tropics

Origin and Etymology of tropic

Middle English tropik, from Latin tropicus of the solstice, from Greek tropikos, from tropē turn


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tropic

adjective

Definition of tropic

:of, relating to, or occurring in the tropics

First Known Use of tropic

1624


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tropic

adjective tro·pic \ ˈtrō-pik \

Definition of tropic

1 :of, relating to, or characteristic of tropism or of a tropism
2 of a hormone :influencing the activity of a specified gland

Origin and Etymology of tropic

trop-


-tropic

adjective combining form

Definition of -tropic

1 :turning, changing, or tending to turn or change in a (specified) manner or in response to a (specified) stimulus
  • geotropic
2 :attracted to or acting upon (something specified)
  • neurotropic

Origin and Etymology of -tropic

French -tropique, from Greek -tropos -tropous



TROPIC Defined for English Language Learners

tropic

noun

Definition of tropic for English Language Learners

  • : either one of the two imaginary lines that circle the Earth to the north and south of the equator

  • the tropics : the part of the world that is near the equator where the weather is very warm


TROPIC Defined for Kids

tropic

noun trop·ic \ ˈträ-pik \

Definition of tropic for Students

1 :either of two parallels of the earth's latitude of which one is about 23¹/₂ degrees north of the equator and the other about 23¹/₂ degrees south of the equator
2 tropics plural often capitalized :the region lying between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn

Medical Dictionary

tropic

adjective tro·pic \ ˈtrō-pik \

medical Definition of tropic

1 :of, relating to, or characteristic of tropism or of a tropism
2 of a hormone :influencing the activity of a specified gland


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