tropic

noun
trop·ic | \ˈträ-pik \

Definition of tropic 

(Entry 1 of 4)

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 tropics or Tropics plural : the region lying between the tropics

tropic

adjective (1)

Definition of tropic (Entry 2 of 4)

: of, relating to, or occurring in the tropics

tropic

adjective (2)
tro·pic | \ˈtrō-pik \

Definition of tropic (Entry 3 of 4)

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

2 of a hormone : influencing the activity of a specified gland

Definition of -tropic (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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

Examples of tropic in a Sentence

Noun

a vacation in the tropics

First Known Use of tropic

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (1)

1624, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tropic

Noun

Middle English tropik, from Latin tropicus of the solstice, from Greek tropikos, from tropē turn

Adjective (2)

trop-

Adjective combining form

French -tropique, from Greek -tropos -tropous

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tropic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tropic

: either one of the two imaginary lines that circle the Earth to the north and south of the equator

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

tropic

noun
trop·ic | \ˈträ-pik \

Kids Definition of tropic

1 : either of two parallels of the earth's latitude of which one is about 23¹/₂ degrees north of the equator and the other about 23¹/₂ degrees south of the equator

2 tropics plural often capitalized : the region lying between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn

tropic

adjective
tro·pic | \ˈtrō-pik \

Medical Definition of tropic 

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

2 of a hormone : influencing the activity of a specified gland

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