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Meaning of LATITUDE

Pronunciation:  'lati`tyood

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  scope for freedom of e.g. action or thought; freedom from restriction
  2. [n]  the angular distance between an imaginary line around a heavenly body parallel to its equator and the equator itself
  3. [n]  an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator
  4. [n]  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 is a 8 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: line of latitude, parallel, parallel of latitude
 See Also: ambit, angular distance, compass, horse latitude, liberty, line, orbit, polar circle, range, reach, scope, tropic



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Lat"i*tude\, n. [F. latitude, L. latitudo, fr. latus
broad, wide, for older stlatus; perh. akin to E. strew.]
1. Extent from side to side, or distance sidewise from a
   given point or line; breadth; width.

         Provided the length do not exceed the latitude above
         one third part.                       --Sir H.

2. Room; space; freedom from confinement or restraint; hence,
   looseness; laxity; independence.

         In human actions there are no degrees and precise
         natural limits described, but a latitude is
         indulged.                             --Jer. Taylor.

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

         No discreet man will believe Augustine's miracles,
         in the latitude of monkish relations. --Fuller.

4. Extent; size; amplitude; scope.

         I pretend not to treat of them in their full
         latitude.                             --Locke.

5. (Geog.) Distance north or south of the equator, measured
   on a meridian.

6. (Astron.) The angular distance of a heavenly body from the

{Ascending latitude}, {Circle of latitude}, {Geographical
latitude}, etc. See under {Ascending}. {Circle}, etc.

{High latitude}, that part of the earth's surface near either
   pole, esp. that part within either the arctic or the
   antarctic circle.

{Low latitude}, that part of the earth's surface which is
   near the equator.

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