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latitude


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Latitude  \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. 
  Wotton. 
 
  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 
  ecliptic. 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Heliocentric  \He`li*o*cen"tric\,  Heliocentrical 
  \He`li*o*cen"tric"al\,  a.  [Helio-  +  centric,  centrical:  cf  F. 
  h['e]liocentrique.]  (Astron.) 
  pertaining  to  the  sun's  center,  or  appearing  to  be  seen  from 
  it  having  or  relating  to  the  sun  as  a  center;  --  opposed 
  to  geocentrical. 
 
  {Heliocentric  parallax}.  See  under  {Parallax}. 
 
  {Heliocentric  place},  {latitude},  {longitude},  etc  (of  a 
  heavenly  body),  the  direction,  latitude,  longitude,  etc., 
  of  the  body  as  viewed  from  the  sun. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  latitude 
  n  1:  the  angular  distance  between  an  imaginary  line  around  a 
  heavenly  body  parallel  to  its  equator  and  the  equator 
  itself 
  2:  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:  an  imaginary  line  around  the  Earth  parallel  to  the  equator 
  [syn:  {line  of  latitude},  {parallel  of  latitude},  {parallel}] 
  4:  scope  for  freedom  of  e.g.  action  or  thought;  freedom  from 
  restriction 




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