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 In 2011, the nation of Samoa hopped across the international date line by skipping an entire day. Washington Post, "R.I.P. the first meme of the decade, which has already lived and died," 1 Jan. 2020 Straddle the former international date line, and strap on your fins to explore the breathtaking Rainbow Reef with guides. National Geographic, "Fiji Community Service: Community Restoration," 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, "Fun Facts About the Bering and Chukchi Seas," 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, "Workers Wanted to Watch Russia. Must Tolerate Isolation, Cold, Walruses," 12 July 2019 Straddle the former international date line, and strap on your fins to explore the fantastic coral reefs offshore. National Geographic, "Fiji High School Community Service," 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, "The Best Asian Food in North America? Try British Columbia," 4 June 2018 Hurricanes are spawned east of the international date line. Washington Post, "Cyclone Mekunu nears Oman’s coast, kills 12-year-old girl," 25 May 2018 It is composed of about 20,000 sailors, and its territory stretches from the international date line west to the border between India and Pakistan. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "U.S. Navy Calls Off Sea Search For Missing USS John S. McCain Sailors," 25 Aug. 2017

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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 7 Aug. 2020.

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