international date line


Definition of international date line

: an arbitrary line approximately along the 180th meridian designated as the place where each calendar day begins

Examples of international date line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Australia was among the first to ring in 2021 because of its proximity to the international date line. Arkansas Online, 31 Dec. 2020 Denied at several ports and experiencing an engine failure, the ship crossed the international date line twice. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2020 In 2011, the nation of Samoa hopped across the international date line by skipping an entire day. Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2020 Straddle the former international date line, and strap on your fins to explore the breathtaking Rainbow Reef with guides. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019 Drawing a line in the ice: Separated by the international date line, the islands of Little and Big Diomede are only 2.4 miles apart, but still a continent away from one another. National Geographic, 26 Mar. 2019 Two-and-a-half miles of water and the international date line separate it from Big Diomede, a Russian island. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, 12 July 2019 Straddle the former international date line, and strap on your fins to explore the fantastic coral reefs offshore. National Geographic, 12 June 2019 This time around, my plan was to spend a long weekend indulging in a concentrated culinary tour of Asia — without having to cross the international date line. Taras Grescoe, New York Times, 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of international date line

1875, in the meaning defined above

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“International date line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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