Definitions for Tropicˈtrɒp ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

trop•icˈtrɒp ɪk(n.)

  1. either of two corresponding parallels of latitude on the terrestrial globe, one about 23½° N, and the otherabout 23½° S of the equator, being the boundaries of the Torrid Zone. the tropics, the regions lying between and near these parallels of latitude; the Torrid Zone and neighboring regions.

    Category: Geography (terms)

    Ref: ( tropic of Cancer ); ( tropic of Capricorn )

  2. either of two circles on the celestial sphere, one lying in the same plane as the tropic of Cancer, the other in the same plane as the tropic of Capricorn.

    Category: Astronomy

  3. (adj.)of or pertaining to the tropics; tropical.

Origin of tropic:

1350–1400; ME < L tropicus < Gk tropikós pertaining to a turn =tróp(os) turn +-ikos -ic

-tropic

  1. a combining form with the meanings “turned toward, with an orientation toward” that specified by the initial element (geotropic), “having an affinity for, affecting” what is specified (lipotropic), “affecting the activity of, maintaining” a specified organ (thyrotropic). Compare –trophic

    Category: Affix

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tropic(adj)

    either of two parallels of latitude about 23.5 degrees to the north and south of the equator representing the points farthest north and south at which the sun can shine directly overhead and constituting the boundaries of the Torrid Zone or tropics

  2. tropical, tropic(adj)

    relating to or situated in or characteristic of the tropics (the region on either side of the equator)

    "tropical islands"; "tropical fruit"

  3. tropical, tropic(adj)

    of weather or climate; hot and humid as in the tropics

    "tropical weather"

Wiktionary

  1. tropic(Noun)

    Either of the two parallels of latitude 23u00B027u2032north and south of the equator; the farthest points at which the sun can be directly overhead; the boundaries of the torrid zone or tropics.

  2. tropic(Adjective)

    Of, or relating to the tropics; tropical.

  3. tropic(Adjective)

    hot and humid.

  4. tropic(Adjective)

    (noncomparative) Having the quality of indirectly inducing a biological or chemical change in a system or substrate.

    The binding of oxygen to hemoglobin is allosterically regulated by various tropic factors, such as BPG and acidity.

  5. Tropic(Noun)

    one of two specific lines of latitude that divide the Northern and Southern hemispheres, respectively; the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tropic(adj)

    of, pertaining to, or designating, an acid obtained from atropine and certain other alkaloids, as a white crystalline substance slightly soluble in water

  2. Tropic(noun)

    one of the two small circles of the celestial sphere, situated on each side of the equator, at a distance of 23¡ 28/, and parallel to it, which the sun just reaches at its greatest declination north or south, and from which it turns again toward the equator, the northern circle being called the Tropic of Cancer, and the southern the Tropic of Capricorn, from the names of the two signs at which they touch the ecliptic.

  3. Tropic(noun)

    one of the two parallels of terrestrial latitude corresponding to the celestial tropics, and called by the same names

  4. Tropic(noun)

    the region lying between these parallels of latitude, or near them on either side

  5. Tropic(adj)

    of or pertaining to the tropics; tropical

Freebase

  1. Tropic

    Tropic is a town in Garfield County, Utah, United States, along Utah Scenic Byway 12. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 508. Tropic was founded in 1891.


Translations for Tropic

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

tropic(noun)

either of two imaginary circles running round the earth at about 23 degrees north (

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