Definitions for Equatorɪˈkweɪ tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•qua•torɪˈkweɪ tər(n.)

  1. the great circle on a sphere or heavenly body whose plane is perpendicular to the axis and everywhere equidistant from the poles.

    Category: Geography (places)

  2. the great circle of the earth that is equidistant from the North Pole and South Pole.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  3. a circle separating a surface into two congruent parts.

  4. Category: Astronomy

    Ref: celestial equator.

Origin of equator:

1350–1400; ME < ML aequātor, L: equalizer (of day and night, as when the sun crosses the equator). See equate , -tor

Princeton's WordNet

  1. equator(noun)

    an imaginary line around the Earth forming the great circle that is equidistant from the north and south poles

    "the equator is the boundary between the northern and southern hemispheres"

  2. equator(noun)

    a circle dividing a sphere or other surface into two usually equal and symmetrical parts


  1. equator(Noun)

    An imaginary great circle around the Earth, equidistant from the two poles, and dividing earth's surface into the northern and southern hemisphere.

  2. equator(Noun)

    A similar great circle on any sphere, especially on a celestial body, or on other reasonably symmetrical three-dimensional body.

  3. equator(Noun)

    A short form of the celestial equator.

  4. Equator(ProperNoun)

    The Earthu2019s equator.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Equator(noun)

    the imaginary great circle on the earth's surface, everywhere equally distant from the two poles, and dividing the earth's surface into two hemispheres

  2. Equator(noun)

    the great circle of the celestial sphere, coincident with the plane of the earth's equator; -- so called because when the sun is in it, the days and nights are of equal length; hence called also the equinoctial, and on maps, globes, etc., the equinoctial line


  1. Equator

    An equator is the intersection of a sphere's surface with the plane perpendicular to the sphere's axis of rotation and midway between the poles. The Equator usually refers to the Earth's equator: an imaginary line on the Earth's surface equidistant from the North Pole and South Pole, dividing the Earth into the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere. Other planets and astronomical bodies have equators similarly defined. The Equator is about 40,075 kilometres long; 78.7% is across water and 21.3% is over land.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    An imaginary line around the earth. Recently held by J.P. Morgan.

Anagrams of Equator

  1. quorate

Translations for Equator

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(with the ) an imaginary line (or one drawn on a map etc) passing round the globe, at an equal distance from the North and South poles

Singapore is almost on the equator.

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