line of latitude

Definitions of line of latitude
  1. noun
    an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator
    synonyms: latitude, parallel, parallel of latitude
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    Antarctic Circle
    a line of latitude north of the south pole
    Arctic Circle
    a line of latitude near but to the south of the north pole; it marks the northernmost point at which the sun is visible on the northern winter solstice and the southernmost point at which the midnight sun can be seen on the northern summer solstice
    Tropic of Cancer
    a line of latitude about 23 degrees to the north of the equator
    Tropic of Capricorn
    a line of latitude about 23 degrees to the south of the equator
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    polar circle
    a line of latitude at the north or south poles
    horse latitude
    either of two belts or regions near 30 degrees north or 30 degrees south; characterized by calms and light-baffling winds
    tropic
    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
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    line
    a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
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