Definition of longitudinal
- The insect's back is black with yellow longitudinal stripes.
- the longitudinal extent of the building
- a longitudinal study of juvenile offenders over a period of five years
The insect's body is black with yellow longitudinal stripes.
calculating the longitudinal position of a ship
a longitudinal study of career aspirations among girls from 5 to 17
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: placed or going along the long side of something
: of or relating to longitude
: done by observing or examining a group of people or things over time to study how one or two particular things about them change
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