Definition of longitude in English:

longitude

Syllabification: lon·gi·tude
Pronunciation: /ˈlänjiˌt(y)o͞od, ˈlôn-
 
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noun

  • 1The angular distance of a place east or west of the meridian at Greenwich, England, or west of the standard meridian of a celestial object, usually expressed in degrees and minutes: at a longitude of 2° W lines of longitude
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 Astronomy see celestial longitude.

Origin

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

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