prime meridian


Definition of prime meridian

: the meridian of 0 degrees longitude which runs through the original site of the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, England, and from which other longitudes are reckoned

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Recent Examples on the Web Longitude measure distances from the prime meridian. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of prime meridian

1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Prime meridian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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