What does latitude mean?

Definitions for latitudeˈlæt ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. latitude(noun)

    the angular distance between an imaginary line around a heavenly body parallel to its equator and the equator itself

  2. latitude(noun)

    freedom from normal restraints in conduct

    "the new freedom in movies and novels"; "allowed his children considerable latitude in how they spent their money"

  3. latitude, line of latitude, parallel of latitude, parallel(noun)

    an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator

  4. latitude(noun)

    scope for freedom of e.g. action or thought; freedom from restriction


  1. latitude(Noun)

    The angular distance north or south from a planet's equator, measured along the meridian of that particular point.

  2. latitude(Noun)

    An imaginary line (in fact a circle) around a planet running parallel to the planet's equator.

  3. latitude(Noun)

    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.

  4. latitude(Noun)

    The angular distance of a heavenly body from the ecliptic.

  5. latitude(Noun)

    The extent to which a light-sensitive material can be over- or underexposed and still achieve an acceptable result.

  6. latitude(Noun)

    Extent or scope; e.g. breadth, width or amplitude.

  7. Origin: From latitude, from latitudo, from latus, for older stlatus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Latitude(noun)

    extent from side to side, or distance sidewise from a given point or line; breadth; width

  2. Latitude(noun)

    room; space; freedom from confinement or restraint; hence, looseness; laxity; independence

  3. Latitude(noun)

    extent or breadth of signification, application, etc.; extent of deviation from a standard, as truth, style, etc

  4. Latitude(noun)

    extent; size; amplitude; scope

  5. Latitude(noun)

    distance north or south of the equator, measured on a meridian

  6. Latitude(noun)

    the angular distance of a heavenly body from the ecliptic

  7. Origin: [F. latitude, L. latitudo, fr. latus broad, wide, for older stlatus; perh. akin to E. strew.]


  1. Latitude

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Latitude

    lat′i-tūd, n. the distance of a place north or south from the equator, measured in degrees of the meridian: a place as indicated by latitude: the angular distance of a celestial body above the plane of the ecliptic (apparent when the point of view is on the earth's surface, geocentric when at the earth's centre, heliocentric when at the centre of the sun): (fig.) extent of signification: freedom from restraint: scope: (obs.) width.—adjs. Latitud′inal, pertaining to latitude: in the direction of latitude; Latitudinā′rian, broad or liberal, esp. in religious belief: lax.—n. a name applied by contemporaries to a member of a school of liberal and philosophical theologians within the English Church in the later half of the 17th century: one who affects to regard specific creeds, methods of church government, &c. with indifference.—n. Latitudinā′rianism.—adj. Latitud′inous, having latitude or large extent.—Latitude by account, in navigation, the latitude calculated from the course and distance sailed since last observation; Latitude by observation, the latitude determined from an observation of a heavenly body; Middle latitude, the latitude of the parallel midway between two places situated in the same hemisphere. [Fr.,—L. latitudo, -inislatus, broad.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of latitude in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of latitude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kathryn Kolbert:

    In later years, Kennedy has given states greater latitude to restrict abortion.

  2. Red State chief Erick Erickson:

    While I have tried to give him great latitude, his remark about Megyn Kelly was a bridge too far.

  3. Jaki Brophy:

    The latitude is what we’ve discovered is the key factor just because hops need really long days of sunlight.

  4. Josh Putnam:

    The rules give [superdelegates] the latitude; they are unpledged delegates, they can go back and forth as much as they want to.

  5. George Soros:

    A hard landing is practically unavoidable, i ’m not expecting it, I ’m observing it. China can manage it. It has resources and greater latitude in policies, with $ 3 trillion in reserves.

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