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ˈtrɒp ɪktrop·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tropicadjective

    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, tropicadjective

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

    "tropical islands"; "tropical fruit"

  3. tropical, tropicadjective

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

    "tropical weather"


  1. tropicnoun

    Either of the two parallels of latitude 23°north 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. tropicadjective

    Of, or relating to the tropics; tropical.

  3. tropicadjective

    hot and humid.

  4. tropicadjective

    (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. Tropicnoun

    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. Tropicadjective

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

  2. Tropicnoun

    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. Tropicnoun

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

  4. Tropicnoun

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

  5. Tropicadjective

    of or pertaining to the tropics; tropical


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tropic

    trop′ik, n. one of the two circles on the celestial sphere, 23° 28′ on each side of the equator, where the sun turns, as it were, after reaching its greatest declination north or south: one of two circles on the terrestrial globe corresponding to these: (pl.) the regions lying between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.—adjs. Trop′ic, -al, pertaining to the tropics: being within or near the tropics.—adv. Trop′ically.—n. Trop′ic-bird, a genus of bird the family Phaëthontidæ, usually seen in tropical regions. [Through L. tropicus, from Gr. tropikos, relating to a turning—tropos, a turning.]

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  1. Pictor

  2. protic

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tropic in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tropic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of tropic in a Sentence

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    Hop Tropic was the only beer that we were brewing for draft sales in the first two months of this pandemic, everything else was in [ cans and bottles ] because that was only the route to market for most craft breweries.

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    out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance
    • A. flabby
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