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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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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The Signy island in the Antarctic region, which includes everywhere south of 60 degrees latitude, recorded an all-time high temperature of 19.8°C in January 1982. Fortune, "Antarctica’s summer has never been this hot before," 8 Feb. 2020 The Signy island in the Antarctic region, which includes everywhere south of 60 degrees latitude, recorded an all-time high temperature of 19.8 Celsius in January 1982. Laura Millan Lombrana / Bloomberg, Time, "Record Temperatures Hit Antarctica as Region Experiences 'Dramatic Changes'," 7 Feb. 2020 By the way, the solstice happens at 11:54 a.m. Friday in the northern hemisphere, when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer, at 23.5 degrees north latitude. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Celebrate the first day of summer with $5 rum cocktails at Bahama Breeze on Friday," 21 June 2019 Technically speaking, the summer solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer, or 23.5 degrees north latitude. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The summer solstice is coming: 9 things to know about the longest day of the year," 14 June 2019 Some diseases have different seasonal peaks depending on latitude. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Why do dozens of diseases wax and wane with the seasons—and will COVID-19?," 13 Mar. 2020 The charter William Penn received in 1681 put the southern border of his land at the 40th latitude, but the Penn family was not interested in relinquishing Philadelphia to the Calverts, according to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Joe Napsha, Washington Post, "Surveyors tackling resurvey of Mason-Dixon Line," 9 Mar. 2020 That is all the more true because of the broad latitude presidents must have in the national-security area. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Did Trump Abuse His Power with Ukraine?," 25 Oct. 2019 Although exact temperatures varied by latitude and elevation, January 2020 temperatures were above average for nearly every U.S. climate division of the Lower 48 states. NBC News, "What happened to winter? Jet stream science explains unseasonable warmth in U.S.," 13 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of latitude was in the 14th century

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30 Mar 2020

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“Latitude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/latitude. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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latitude

noun
How to pronounce latitude (audio)

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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