latitude

noun
lat·​i·​tude | \ ˈla-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of latitude

1 archaic : extent or distance from side to side : width
2 : 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 : angular distance of a celestial body from the ecliptic
c : a region or locality as marked by its latitude
3a : scope, range
b : the range of exposures within which a film or plate will produce a negative or positive of satisfactory quality
4 : freedom of action or choice students are allowed considerable latitude in choosing courses

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Illustration of latitude

latitude 2a: hemisphere marked with parallels of latitude

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Other Words from latitude

latitudinal \ ˌla-​tə-​ˈtüd-​nəl , -​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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Of the 20 reviewed by the Times, 17 apps shared exact user latitude and longitude signals with about 70 businesses. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Popular Apps Are Tracking And Selling Your Location Data to an Alarming Degree," 10 Dec. 2018 Lastly you'll be asked more specific questions like time, date, and even the latitude and longitude of the location. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "These Star Map Prints Are The Perfect Holiday Gift To Remember A Special Moment," 28 Nov. 2018 Investigators have gleaned latitude and longitude data that lines up with information publicly disseminated by tracking networks, Mr. Utomo said. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Investigators Download 69 Hours of Data From Crashed Lion Air Jet," 4 Nov. 2018 Kunkel examined rainfall over a compact area — 14,000 square miles, a figure based on latitude and longitude squares — and larger areas such as 20,000, 30,000 and 80,000 square miles. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "Florence is nation's second wettest storm, behind Harvey," 25 Sep. 2018 Other studies have examined the correlation of various diseases with exposure to sunshine, which the body uses to produce vitamin D. The studies found lower incidences of various diseases with lower latitudes, and higher levels at higher levels. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Vitamin D associated with lower risk of breast cancer, UCSD-led study finds," 15 June 2018 This is a single request for your location coordinates (longitude, latitude, and radius) and will only be used as a means to develop, improve and personalize the service. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Do you care if MoviePass is tracking your location?," 7 Mar. 2018 Newsletter Sign-up Criminal cases in particular are likely to continue, as federal prosecutors have latitude to work on cases that are connected to public safety. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Federal Courts May Feel Pinch of Government Shutdown Soon," 3 Jan. 2019 In general, officers are given a lot of legal latitude to use force without fear of punishment. German Lopez, Vox, "After a mall shooting, police killed the wrong person — and the real shooter remains at large," 26 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of latitude

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

: freedom to choose how to act or what to do

latitude

noun
lat·​i·​tude | \ ˈla-tə-ˌtüd, -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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