latitude

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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
3 a :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

latitudinal

play \ˌla-tə-ˈtüd-nəl, -ˈtyüd-; -ˈtü-də-nəl, -ˈtyü-\ adjective

latitudinally

adverb

Examples of latitude in a Sentence

  1. a map of the world showing lines of latitude and longitude

  2. located at a latitude of 40 degrees north

  3. Madrid and New York City are on nearly the same latitude.

  4. islands located at different latitudes

  5. We weren't given much latitude in deciding how to do the job.

  6. The judge has wide latitude to reject evidence for the trial.

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Origin and Etymology of latitude

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

latitude Synonyms

Synonyms
slack, leeway, space, wiggle room
Related Words
license (or licence), rein, swing

LATITUDE Defined for English Language Learners

latitude

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Definition of latitude for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

latitude

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

Definition of latitude for Students

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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