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"
  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.
  3. The distance in degrees, reckoned from the vernal equinox, on the ecliptic, to a circle at right angles to the ecliptic passing through the heavenly body whose longitude is designated; as, the longitude of Capella is 79¡.
  4. 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.
  5. Distance east and west on the earth's surface measured from a meridian or definite lace, and counted in degrees.
  6. Distance of a place east or west of a given meridian: distance in degrees from the vernal equinox, on the ecliptic.
  7. Distance east or west of a given meridian.
  8. Distance east or west on the earth's surface; length.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

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
  3. That part of the line between fifty- six north latitude and one hundred and forty- one west longitude is where the main dispute arises. – Canada under British Rule 1760-1900 by John G. Bourinot
  4. Then send- 'Americans in peril, Chukalook' and give the latitude and longitude. – The Boy With the U.S. Miners by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  5. And what's more, she'd come none to soon; for if Hugh Anwyl was somewhere in the latitude of lunacy, Rhoda was in the longitude of decline. – Seven Frozen Sailors by George Manville Fenn
  6. In latitude 20 degrees and longitude 10 degrees, which were about our bearings, one becomes a little curious as to whom one meets, for one has left the main lines of Atlantic commerce to the north. – The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle
  7. It belonged to a lower, to a later, and I trust a shorter- lived race of statesmen, who measure all facts by considerations of latitude and longitude. – The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2) by Jefferson Davis
  8. And what do I pay per room in this latitude and longitude? – The British Barbarians by Grant Allen
  9. " Well, if this is the place of which I gave you the longitude and latitude, then it's down below here, somewhere," and the gold- seeker pointed to the surface of the sea. – Tom Swift and his Undersea Search or, The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic by Victor Appleton
  10. You will be asked to provide the means of accepting the invitation of the Italian Government to take part in an approaching conference to consider the adoption of a universal prime meridian from which to reckon longitude and time. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  11. Well- really,- puzzled to give a direct reply, the difficulty is the longitude. – Greene Ferne Farm by Richard Jefferies
  12. I must observe, that in finding the longitude by Mr Kendal's watch, we suppose it to have gone mean time from the Cape of Good Hope. – A Voyage Towards the South Pole and Round the World, Volume 1 by James Cook
  13. What a breadth of latitude, and of longitude, too,- in the fairest portion of North- America! – The Portland Sketch Book by Various
  14. I observed for latitude that night, and was pleased to find that my two positions for the lagoon agreed almost exactly, both in latitude and longitude- a very satisfactory result considering the distance we had travelled. – Spinifex and Sand Five Years' Pioneering and Exploration in Western Australia by David W Carnegie
  15. There was X., who went raving mad about the longitude! – Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville by Mary Somerville
  16. It was a month, to a day, from the date of our departure from Roua Poua when we at length cleared the calm belt and got the first breath of the north- east Trades in latitude 3 degrees 47 minutes North, and longitude 158 degrees 55 minutes West, having been driven back almost as far east as Christmas Island by the baffling winds and furious squalls with which we had been obliged to contend; and this brought the dangerous Marshall group right athwart our track. – Turned Adrift by Harry Collingwood