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Definitions of longitude

  1. an imaginary great circle on the surface of the earth passing through the north and south poles at right angles to the equator; "all points on the same meridian have the same longitude" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The arc or portion of the equator intersected between the meridian of a given place and the meridian of some other place from which longitude is reckoned, as from Greenwich, England, or sometimes from the capital of a country, as from Washington or Paris. The longitude of a place is expressed either in degrees or in time; as, that of New York is 74¡ or 4 h. 56 min. west of Greenwich. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Length; measure or distance along the longest line; - distinguished from breadth or thickness; as, the longitude of a room; rare now, except in a humorous sense. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Distance east and west on the earth's surface measured from a meridian or definite lace, and counted in degrees. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. Distance of a place east or west of a given meridian: distance in degrees from the vernal equinox, on the ecliptic. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Distance east or west of a given meridian. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. Distance east or west on the earth's surface; length. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Distance of a place east or west from a given meridian; distance from the vernal equinox reckoned eastward on the ecliptic all round the celestial sphere. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. The arc or portion of the equator intersected between the meridian of a given place and the meridian of some other place from which longitude is reckoned, as from Greenwich, England, or sometimes from the capital of a country, as from Washington or Paris. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The distance east or west of any place on the earth's surface from a certain fixed point-in Eng. that point is the Royal Observatory, at Greenwich, near London-that of France is in Paris. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for longitude

  1. I took observations for latitude and longitude – An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet by A. Henry Savage Landor
  2. We crossed this latitude near a hundred leagues to the eastward of this longitude and saw there many of the above- mentioned birds, which are seldom known to go very far from land. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16 by Robert Kerr
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