Definitions for latitudeˈlæt ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud
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lat•i•tude*ˈlæt ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud(n.)
the angular distance, measured north or south from the equator, of a point on the earth's surface, expressed in degrees. a place or region as marked by this distance:
Category: Geography (terms)
freedom from narrow restrictions; freedom of action, opinion, etc.:
They allow their children latitude in choosing friends.
the angular distance from the ecliptic of a point on the celestial sphere.
the ability of a photographic emulsion to record the brightness values of a subject in their true proportion to one another.
* Syn: See range.
Origin of latitude:
1350–1400; ME < L lātitūdō breadth
the angular distance between an imaginary line around a heavenly body parallel to its equator and the equator itself
freedom from normal restraints in conduct
"the new freedom in movies and novels"; "allowed his children considerable latitude in how they spent their money"
latitude, line of latitude, parallel of latitude, parallel(noun)
an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator
scope for freedom of e.g. action or thought; freedom from restriction
The angular distance north or south from a planet's equator, measured along the meridian of that particular point.
An imaginary line (in fact a circle) around a planet running parallel to the planet's equator.
The relative freedom from restrictions: his parents gave hime a great deal of latitude, scope for freedom of action, thought, etc, as in common sense.
The angular distance of a heavenly body from the ecliptic.
The extent to which a light-sensitive material can be over- or underexposed and still achieve an acceptable result.
Extent or scope; e.g. breadth, width or amplitude.
Origin: From latitude, from latitudo, from latus, for older stlatus.
extent from side to side, or distance sidewise from a given point or line; breadth; width
room; space; freedom from confinement or restraint; hence, looseness; laxity; independence
extent or breadth of signification, application, etc.; extent of deviation from a standard, as truth, style, etc
extent; size; amplitude; scope
distance north or south of the equator, measured on a meridian
the angular distance of a heavenly body from the ecliptic
In geography, latitude is a geographic coordinate that specifies the north-south position of a point on the Earth's surface. Latitude is an angle which ranges from 0° at the Equator to 90° at the poles. Lines of constant latitude, or parallels, run east–west as circles parallel to the equator. Latitude is used together with longitude to specify the precise location of features on the surface of the Earth. Since the actual physical surface of the Earth is too complex for mathematical analysis, two levels of abstraction are employed in the definition of these coordinates. In the first step the physical surface is modelled by the geoid, a surface which approximates the mean sea level over the oceans and its continuation under the land masses. The second step is to approximate the geoid by a mathematically simpler reference surface. The simplest choice for the reference surface is a sphere, but the geoid is more accurately modelled by an ellipsoid. The definitions of latitude and longitude on such reference surfaces are detailed in the following sections. Lines of constant latitude and longitude together constitute a graticule on the reference surface. The latitude of a point on the actual surface is that of the corresponding point on the reference surface, the correspondence being along the normal to the reference surface which passes through the point on the physical surface. Latitude and longitude together with some specification of height constitute a geographic coordinate system as defined in the specification of the ISO 19111 standard.
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Translations for latitude
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the distance, measured in degrees on the map, that a place is north or south of the Equator
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- خَط العَرْضArabic
- latitudePortuguese (BR)
- die geographische BreiteGerman
- bredde; breddegradDanish
- γεωγραφικό πλάτοςGreek
- عرض جغرافیاییFarsi
- zemljopisna dužinaCroatian
- (földrajzi) szélességHungarian
- garis lintangIndonesian
- breidd, breiddargráðaIcelandic
- (ģeogrāfiskais) platumsLatvian
- garisan lintang; latitudMalay
- szerokość geograficznaPolish
- عرض جغرافیاییPersian
- جغرافيايى عرضPashto
- latitud, breddgradSwedish
- 緯度Chinese (Trad.)
- عرض البلدUrdu
- vĩ độVietnamese
- 纬度Chinese (Simp.)
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