What does equator mean?

Definitions for equator
ɪˈkweɪ tərequa·tor

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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 Earth's 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

  3. Origin: [L. aequator one who equalizes: cf. F. quateur equator. See Equate.]


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of equator in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of equator in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of equator in a Sentence

  1. Peter Fleming:

    With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere.

  2. Lindsay Zanno:

    Around the equator at that time, we don't yet have dinosaurs showing up in this ecosystem.

  3. Unknown:

    If you laid all of the lawyers in the world, end to end, on the equator ---- It would be a good idea to just leave them there.

  4. Mark Twain:

    There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate when he can't afford it, and when he can. - from Following the Equator

  5. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    The sea, washing the equator and the poles, offers its perilous aid, and the power and empire that follow it... Beware of me, it says, but if you can hold me, I am the key to all the lands.

Images & Illustrations of equator

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