arctic circle

noun, often capitalized A&C

Definition of arctic circle

: the parallel of latitude that is approximately 66¹/₂ degrees north of the equator and that circumscribes the northern frigid zone

Examples of arctic circle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Up in the arctic circle, future-forward Norwegian firm Snøhetta is designing the world's first energy-positive hotel. Jenny Southan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Hotel of the Future Produces More Energy Than It Uses," 26 Aug. 2019 As such, evergreen forests grow not only up through Europe, but all the way up to the arctic circle. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Climate Change Made Zombie Ants Even More Cunning," 29 May 2018 Built when the trans-Alaska oil pipeline was laid, the highway stretches through forested hills, traverses the Yukon River, and enters the arctic circle before ending at the Arctic Ocean. Sunset, "7 Best BLM Camping Spots," 22 Jan. 2018 Located at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers, only 165 miles south of the arctic circle, Dawson was founded after news of gold along the Yukon River brought prospectors pouring into town, the population swelling to 30,000. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "How Bill Morrison makes magic with found footage," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of arctic circle

circa 1587, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of arctic circle was circa 1587

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“Arctic circle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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