Definition of latitude in English:

latitude

Line breaks: lati|tude
Pronunciation: /ˈlatɪtjuːd
 
/

noun

  • 1The angular distance of a place north or south of the earth’s equator, or of the equator of a celestial object, usually expressed in degrees and minutes: at a latitude of 51° N [mass noun]: lines of latitude
    More example sentences
    • The polar ice caps will expand to reach around 45 degrees latitude north and south.
    • The approximate center of the island group is eight degrees north latitude and 169 east longitude.
    • We forget that Bethlehem is located in a desert, at a latitude of 31.68 degrees north, an elevation of 2,250 feet.
    Synonyms
    parallel, grid line
  • 1.1 (latitudes) Regions, especially with reference to their temperature and distance from the equator: temperate latitudes northern latitudes
    More example sentences
    • Here in the temperate northern latitudes trees have adapted over eons of regular annual seasons.
    • Six nations, all at least partly situated in temperate latitudes, can expect the least warming.
    • Broad environmental conditions, particularly average temperatures, differ less among populations in equatorial regions than at higher latitudes.
  • 3 Photography The range of exposures for which an emulsion or printing paper will give acceptable contrast: a film with a latitude which is outstanding
    More example sentences
    • That lack of exposure latitude in film is the second reason many photographs don't turn out the way we remember the scene.
    • I keep using a 35 mm, as the exposure latitude is so much better than with my digital compact.
    • The actual exposures are close enough for just about any camera these days with the latitude in the films being so wide, so the other differences now will come down to user friendliness.

Derivatives

latitudinal

Pronunciation: /-ˈtjuːdɪn(ə)l/
adjective
More example sentences
  • A third prominent hypothesis related to latitudinal variation in body size is that of countergradient variation, also known as the latitudinal compensation hypothesis.
  • Longitudinal and latitudinal coordinates for each livestock auction were used to determine the relationship between location and selling price using a regression analysis.
  • We used a molecular fingerprinting technique to analyze the distribution and composition of eukaryotic picoplankton along latitudinal transects in the Southern Ocean.

latitudinally

Pronunciation: /-ˈtjuːdɪn(ə)li/
adverb
More example sentences
  • Cells on the primordium surface expand mostly latitudinally, while some contraction may take place in the meridional direction.
  • The other six species have not previously been reported to segregate latitudinally, but studies of segregation on Neotropical wintering grounds have been few.
  • Today, they are essentially either latitudinally or elevationally allopatric but do come into contact in a few areas that are intermediate in latitude or elevation.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin latitudo 'breadth', from latus 'broad'.

More definitions of latitude

Definition of latitude in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody