Tropic meaning

trŏp'ĭk
The definition of a tropic is an area located from 23.5 degrees on the north of the equator down to 23.5 degrees on the south of the equator.

An example of a tropic is the Tropic of Capricorn, the area from the equator to 23.5 degree south of the equator.

noun
1
0
Either of two parallels of latitude on the earth, one 23°27' north of the equator and the other 23°27' 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 Tropics.
noun
0
0
Either of two corresponding parallels of celestial latitude that are the limits of the apparent northern and southern passages of the sun.
noun
0
0
Of or relating to the tropics; tropical.
adjective
0
0
Relating to or exhibiting tropism.
adjective
0
0
Advertisement
Turning or changing in a specified way or in response to a specified stimulus.

Heliotropic.

suffix
0
0
Affecting or attracted to something specified.

Psychotropic.

suffix
0
0
Either of two circles of the celestial sphere parallel to the celestial equator, one, the Tropic of Cancer, c. 23° 26 north, and the other, the Tropic of Capricorn, c. 23° 26 south: they are the limits of the apparent north-and-south journey of the sun and are determined by the obliquity of the ecliptic.
noun
0
0
Either of two parallels of latitude (Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn) situated on either side of the earth's equator that correspond to the astronomical tropics.
noun
0
0
Of the tropics; tropical.
adjective
0
0
Advertisement
Turning toward or from, changing because of, or otherwise responding to a (specified kind of) stimulus.

Phototropic.

affix
0
0
Relating to or exhibiting tropism.
adjective
0
0
Either of the two parallels of latitude representing the points farthest north and south at which the Sun can shine directly overhead. The northern tropic is the Tropic of Cancer and the southern one is the Tropic of Capricorn .
0
0
Tropics. The region of the Earth lying between these latitudes. The tropics are generally the warmest and most humid region of the Earth.
0
0
Alternative form of tropic (one of two specific lines of latitude that divide the Northern and Southern hemispheres, respectively; the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn).
noun
0
0
Advertisement
suffix
0
0
Affecting or attracted to the thing specified.
suffix
0
0

Origin of tropic

  • < Gr -tropos, turning (< trepein: see trope) + -ic
    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
  • Middle English tropik from Old French tropique from Late Latin tropicus from Latin of a turn from Greek tropikos from tropē a turning trep- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Greek tropē a turning tropic
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From –tropic
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition