latitude

noun
lat·​i·​tude | \ ˈla-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce latitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd\

Definition of latitude

1 : angular distance from some specified circle or plane of reference: such as
a : angular distance north or south from the earth's equator measured through 90 degrees an island located at 40 degrees north latitude
b : a region or locality as marked by its latitude
c : angular distance of a celestial body from the ecliptic
2 : freedom of action or choice students are allowed considerable latitude in choosing courses
3a : scope, range
b : the range of exposures within which a film or plate will produce a negative or positive of satisfactory quality
4 archaic : extent or distance from side to side : width

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Illustration of latitude

latitude 1a: hemisphere marked with parallels of latitude

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Other Words from latitude

latitudinal \ ˌla-​tə-​ˈtüd-​nəl How to pronounce latitudinal (audio) , -​ˈtyüd-​ ; -​ˈtü-​də-​nəl , -​ˈtyü-​ \ adjective
latitudinally adverb

Synonyms for latitude

Synonyms

leeway, slack, space, wiggle room

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Examples of latitude in a Sentence

a map of the world showing lines of latitude and longitude located at a latitude of 40 degrees north Madrid and New York City are on nearly the same latitude. islands located at different latitudes We weren't given much latitude in deciding how to do the job. The judge has wide latitude to reject evidence for the trial.
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In the simulation, reflective aerosols are injected at 15 and 30 degrees latitude in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, and the world makes no effort to cut its ever-increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Geoengineering could stop warming but comes with side of sea-level rise," 31 Oct. 2018 His annotations reveal details of his conception of his imaginary world and its association with the real world, including the fact that Oxford is on the same latitude as Hobbiton. Michael Fitzgerald, WSJ, "‘Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth’ Review: Bringing a World to Life," 30 July 2018 The court’s docket is different, and the justices have more latitude in making their decisions. Kevin Cope, Washington Post, "Exactly how conservative are the judges on Trump’s short list for the Supreme Court? Take a look at this one chart.," 7 July 2018 Trump has given both men wide latitude in the West Wing, officials have said. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Comey who? Buoyant Trump kicks off week in Florida," 16 Apr. 2018 The city is on roughly the same latitude as San Francisco and Virginia Beach, both of which are far milder due to their lower elevation and proximity to the ocean. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Wild winds wreak havoc at Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang," 12 Feb. 2018 Yoichi is located on Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan's four principal islands and sits at about the same latitude as Toronto. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Why You Should Be Drinking Japanese Whiskey Now," 15 Nov. 2018 Guam's airport has large runways, a favorable climate, and a latitude only about 14 degrees north of the equator. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Rokot ending, more spaceports, back-to-back Falcon Heavies," 21 Dec. 2018 These three Civics offer a wide latitude of driving virtue and price points. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of latitude

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for latitude

Middle English, from Latin latitudin-, latitudo, from latus wide; akin to Old Church Slavonic postĭlati to spread

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latitude

noun

English Language Learners Definition of latitude

: distance north or south of the equator measured in degrees up to 90 degrees
: an imaginary line that circles the Earth at a particular latitude and that is parallel to the equator
somewhat formal : freedom to choose how to act or what to do

latitude

noun
lat·​i·​tude | \ ˈla-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce latitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd\

Kids Definition of latitude

1 : the distance north or south of the equator measured in degrees
2 : a region marked by its distance north or south of the equator cold latitudes
3 : freedom to act or speak as desired Students weren't given much latitude in deciding what to study.

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