latitude[lat′ə to̵̅o̅d′, -tyo̵̅o̅d′]
The lines of latitude marked on globe.
- The definition of latitude is the measurement of a part of the Earth in relation to the north or south of the Earth's equator or the amount of freedom someone is given to deviate from a normal thought pattern or behavior.
- An example of latitude is a measurement of distance from the equator.
- An example of latitude is when you have wide freedom to do what you would like.
- Rare breadth; width
- Rare extent; scope; range of applicability
- freedom from narrow restrictions; freedom of opinion, conduct, or action
- angular distance, measured in degrees, north or south from the equator: a ship at forty degrees north latitude
- a region or place as determined by such measurement
Origin of latitudeOld French ; from Classical Latin latitudo ; from latus, wide: see lateral
- a. The angular distance north or south of the earth's equator, measured in degrees along a meridian, as on a map or globe.b. A region of the earth considered in relation to its distance from the equator: temperate latitudes.
- Astronomy The angular distance of a celestial body north or south of the ecliptic.
- Freedom from normal restraints, limitations, or regulations. See Synonyms at room.
- A range of values or conditions, especially the range of exposures over which a photographic film yields usable images.
- Archaic Width; breadth.
Origin of latitudeMiddle English, geographical latitude, from Old French, width, from Latin lātitūdō, width, geographical latitude, from lātus, wide.
- (geography, astronomy) The angular distance north or south from a planet's equator, measured along the meridian of that particular point.
- (geography) An imaginary line (in fact a circle) around a planet running parallel to the planet's equator.
- The relative freedom from restrictions; scope to do something.
- His parents gave him a great deal of latitude.
- (astronomy) The angular distance of a heavenly body from the ecliptic.
- (photography) The extent to which a light-sensitive material can be over- or underexposed and still achieve an acceptable result.
- Extent or scope; e.g. breadth, width or amplitude.
latitude - Computer Definition
The location north or south of the equator, measured in degrees from the equator, which is 0. The North Pole is plus 90 degrees, and the South Pole is minus 90 degrees. Degrees are further divided into minutes and seconds. East/West Longitude Longitude is the location east and west of the Greenwich prime meridian in London, measured in degrees from this reference point, which is 0. Europe is plus degrees to the east, and the Americas are minus degrees to the west. To pinpoint a location on earth, the north/south latitude (y-axis) is combined with the east/west longitude (x-axis). For example, the Empire State Building in New York is expressed in degrees, minutes and seconds as follows: