Definition of longitude in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɒŋɡɪtjuːd/
Pronunciation: /ˈlɒn(d)ʒɪtjuːd/


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The angular distance of a place east or west of the Greenwich meridian, or west of the standard meridian of a celestial object, usually expressed in degrees and minutes: at a longitude of 2° W [mass noun]: lines of longitude
More example sentences
  • Firstly, remember that your longitude is the angular distance West of the Greenwich meridian.
  • Every four minutes of difference would indicate 1 degree of longitude to the east or the west.
  • Not by accident, he used Harrison's chronometer and lunar distances to calculate longitudes accurately.


Late Middle English (also denoting length and tallness): from Latin longitudo, from longus 'long'.

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