Latitude

Definition of Latitude

Lat´i`tude
n.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.
3.Extent or breadth of signification, application, etc.; extent of deviation from a standard, as truth, style, etc.
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
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.

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