equator

noun
equa·​tor | \ i-ˈkwā-tər How to pronounce equator (audio) , ˈē-ˌkwā-\

Definition of equator

1 : the great circle of the celestial sphere whose plane is perpendicular to the axis of the earth
2 : a great circle of the earth or a celestial body that is everywhere equally distant from the two poles and divides the surface into the northern and southern hemispheres
3a : a circle or circular band dividing the surface of a body into two usually equal and symmetrical parts
b : equatorial plane the equator of a dividing cell

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When set up and propelled by other weather patterns, water vapor from near the equator flows in wide ribbons hundreds of miles long above our heads. Anchorage Daily News, "Atmospheric rivers are sometimes good, sometimes bad for Alaska," 31 Aug. 2019 Indonesia’s islands hang off the equator like shirts on a clothesline, so the weather is ideal for riding. Francisco Martinez, Los Angeles Times, "Life gave you lemons? How a motorbike trip in Indonesia became lemonade," 30 Aug. 2019 North is up; Pluto's equator roughly bisects the band of dark red terrains running across the lower third of the map. Lauren Kent, CNN, "Why Pluto is no longer a planet (or is it?)," 24 Aug. 2019 Cut them in half ‘round the mater-equator and squeeze gently to splorsh out the seeds. James P. Dewan, chicagotribune.com, "What to do with summer’s bounty of tomatoes, zucchini and more? Make ratatouille," 13 Aug. 2019 They are found all over the world in some of the most extreme environments, from icy mountains and polar regions to the balmy equator and the depths of the sea. Cnn, The Mercury News, "Are tardigrades alive on the moon after spacecraft’s crash landing?," 7 Aug. 2019 However, the Cassini spacecraft also detected even more ring matter was falling into Saturn's equator. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "New details emerge about Saturn's rings, which are disappearing at an alarming rate," 6 Aug. 2019 Some say the equators of 8 moons dropped onto the surface of the Pacific would fit on it. Sharon Olds, The Atlantic, "8 Moons," 20 July 2019 Most of those landings occurred near the lunar equator, leaving the poles largely unexplored. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian, "Interactive Map Shows All 21 Successful Moon Landings," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of equator

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for equator

Middle English, from Medieval Latin aequator, literally, equalizer, from Latin aequare

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equator

noun
equa·​tor | \ i-ˈkwā-tər How to pronounce equator (audio) \

Kids Definition of equator

: an imaginary circle around the earth everywhere equally distant from the north pole and the south pole

equator

noun
equa·​tor | \ i-ˈkwāt-ər How to pronounce equator (audio) , ˈē-ˌ How to pronounce equator (audio) \

Medical Definition of equator

1 : a circle or circular band dividing the surface of a body into two usually equal and symmetrical parts especially at the place of greatest width the equator of the lens of the eye

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