Definition of equatorial
1a : of, relating to, or located at the equator or an equator; also : being in the plane of the equator a satellite in equatorial orbitb : of, originating in, or suggesting the region around the geographic equator
2a : being or having a support that includes two axles at right angles to each other with one parallel to the earth's axis of rotation an equatorial telescope mountb : extending in a direction essentially in the plane of a cyclic structure (as of cyclohexane) equatorial hydrogens — compare axial
Examples of equatorial in a Sentence
a lush equatorial rain forest that is threatened by rampant development
Recent Examples of equatorial from the Web
The virus hit the remote and sparsely populated Likati region, which is 1,300 kilometers away from the capital city of Kinshasa, and nestled deep in equatorial rainforest.
El Nino, a warming of the equatorial Pacific that triggers a change in weather patterns, fuels winds that weaken Atlantic storms.
After a weak La Niña episode this past winter, sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific have been gradually warming.
Since 2014, much of the equatorial Pacific has been dominated by one of the strongest El Nino’s ever recorded.
El Niño is a naturally occurring phenomenon characterized by warmer than normal water in the eastern Pacific equatorial region.
El Nino is marked by a warming of the equatorial Pacific Ocean, works against hurricanes.
That effect would be accelerated should an El Nino form in the equatorial Pacific.
The sulfur aerosols would have spread over the planet as well via mixing that occurs in the stratosphere, but the equatorial region would have the greatest density of sulfur particles, severely blocking the sun.
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First Known Use of equatorial
EQUATORIAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of equatorial for English Language Learners
: of or relating to the equator : located at or near the equator
EQUATORIAL Defined for Kids
Definition of equatorial for Students
: relating to or lying near the equator an equatorial climate
Medical Definition of equatorial
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