the equator

noun

Definition of the equator

: an imaginary circle around the middle of the Earth that is the same distance from the North Pole and the South Pole The city of Quito, Ecuador, lies very close to the equator.

Learn More about the equator

Statistics for the equator

Cite this Entry

“The equator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20equator. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

Comments on the equator

What made you want to look up the equator? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!