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Meaning of TROPIC

Pronunciation:  'trâpik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  either of two parallels of latitude about 23.5 degrees 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. [adj]  of weather or climate; hot and humid as in the tropics; "tropical weather"
  3. [adj]  relating to or situated in or characteristic of the tropics (the region on either side of the equator); "tropical islands"; "tropical fruit"

TROPIC is a 6 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: equatorial, hot, tropical
 See Also: latitude, line of latitude, parallel, parallel of latitude, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Trop"ic\, a. [Atropine + -ic.] (Chem.)
    Of, pertaining to, or designating, an acid obtained from
    atropine and certain other alkaloids, as a white crystalline
    substance slightly soluble in water.
  2. \Trop"ic\, n. [F. tropique, L. tropicus of or belonging
    to a turn, i. e., of the sun, Gr. ? of the solstice, ? (sc.
    ?) the tropic or solstice, fr. ? to turn. See {Trope}.]
    1. (Astron.) One of the two small circles of the celestial
       sphere, situated on each side of the equator, at a
       distance of 23[deg] 28[min], 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.
    2. (Geog.)
       (a) One of the two parallels of terrestrial latitude
           corresponding to the celestial tropics, and called by
           the same names.
       (b) pl. The region lying between these parallels of
           latitude, or near them on either side.
                 The brilliant flowers of the tropics bloom from
                 the windows of the greenhouse and the saloon.
  3. \Trop"ic\, a.
    Of or pertaining to the tropics; tropical.
    {Tropic bird} (Zo["o]l.), any one of three species of oceanic
       belonging to the genus {Pha["e]thon}, found chiefly in
       tropical seas. They are mostly white, and have two central
       tail feathers very long and slender. The yellow-billed
       tropic bird. {Pha["e]thon flavirostris} (called also
       {boatswain}), is found on the Atlantic coast of America,
       and is common at the Bermudas, where it breeds.