latitude

Definitions

General English

Astronomy

  • Position of an object on the Earth’s surface relative to the equator, measured in degrees so that the poles are at 90°. Latitude in the sky, measured from the celestial equator, is called declination. The mapping of celestial bodies like Mercury, Mars, Venus and many planetary satellites has allowed latitudes and longitudes there to be defined accurately.

Aviation

  • noun the angular distance north or south of the Earth’s equator, measured in degrees, minutes and seconds, along a meridian, as on a map or chart, etc.

Electronics

  • Imaginary circles which are drawn parallel to the equator, and whose circumferences diminish as they approach each pole. All points along the equator have a latitude of 0°, while parallels of latitude above the equator work their way towards 90 °N, and those below the equator work their way towards 90 °S. These circles cross the meridians of longitude at right angles, and together serve to define locations on the planet. Its abbreviation is lat.

Media Studies

  • noun the degree of flexibility regarding how much light photographic paper can be exposed to while still providing an acceptable image
  • noun the idea of three strata into which a new idea suggested to a person falls – that of acceptance (where it is close to the ideas that they already hold), non-commitment (where they are concerned either way) and rejection (where the new idea is too far removed from what is already thought)

Wine

  • the geographical location of a vineyard described using the parallel rings around the Earth running east-west. Vineyards in different countries on the same latitude can have similar climates and growing conditions.
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