equatorial plane


Definition of equatorial plane

: the plane perpendicular to the spindle of a dividing cell and midway between the poles

Examples of equatorial plane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the far side of the orbit, the spacecraft initially crossed the equatorial plane well beyond the orbit of Ganymede. William Harwood, CBS News, 8 June 2021 Conversely, when the lunar plane tilts further away from the equatorial plane, tides on Earth are muted, relatively. Brian Mcnoldy, The Conversation, 23 Apr. 2021 Regular: These moons have relatively small orbits, which are often circular and roughly hover along the parent object's equatorial plane. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 7 Apr. 2020 Closer to Taiwan than Tokyo, and on a similar equatorial plane as Hawaii, Okinawa has a tropical climate and vibrant marine life—much of it just off Sunabe. Katherine Lagrave, Bon Appétit, 6 Nov. 2019 The spaceplane was launched into a more highly inclined orbit than previous missions—meaning a larger angle off the equatorial plane of the planet. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of equatorial plane

circa 1892, in the meaning defined above

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“Equatorial plane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equatorial%20plane. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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Medical Definition of equatorial plane

: the plane perpendicular to the spindle of a dividing cell and midway between the poles


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