the tropics

Definition of the tropics

:the part of the world that is near the equator where the weather is very warm

Word by Word Definitions

tropic play tropics
  1. : either of the two parallels of terrestrial latitude at a distance of about 23¹/₂ degrees north or south of the equator where the sun is directly overhead when it reaches its most northerly or southerly point in the sky — compare tropic of cancer, tropic of capricorn

  2. : the region lying between the tropics

  1. : of, relating to, or occurring in the tropics

  1. : of, relating to, or characteristic of tropism or of a tropism

  2. : influencing the activity of a specified gland

  1. : turning, changing, or tending to turn or change in a (specified) manner or in response to a (specified) stimulus

  2. : attracted to or acting upon (something specified)


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