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tropic

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noun trop·ic \ˈträ-pik\

Definition of tropic

  1. 1 :  either of the two parallels of terrestrial latitude at a distance of about 2312 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. 2 tropics or Tropics plural :  the region lying between the tropics

Examples of tropic in a sentence

  1. a vacation in the tropics

Origin and Etymology of tropic

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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tropic

adjective trop·ic

Definition of tropic

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

1624

First Known Use of tropic

1624


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tropic

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adjective tro·pic \ˈtrō-pik\

Definition of tropic

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

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

Origin and Etymology of tropic

trop-


First Known Use: 1899


-tropic

adjective combining form trop·ic

Definition of -tropic

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

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

Origin and Etymology of -tropic

French -tropique, from Greek -tropos -tropous



TROPIC Defined for English Language Learners

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noun trop·ic \ˈträ-pik\

Definition of tropic for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

tropic

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noun trop·ic \ˈträ-pik\

Definition of tropic for Students

  1. 1 :  either of two parallels of the earth's latitude of which one is about 2312 degrees north of the equator and the other about 2312 degrees south of the equator

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


Medical Dictionary

tropic

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adjective tro·pic \ˈtrō-pik\

Medical Definition of tropic

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

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



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