[ee-kwuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-, ek-wuh-]


of, relating to, or near an equator, especially the equator of the earth.
of, like, or typical of the regions at the earth's equator: equatorial temperatures.


a telescope mounting having two axes of motion, one parallel to the earth's axis and one at right angles to it.
a telescope with such a mounting.

Origin of equatorial

First recorded in 1655–65; equator + -ial
Related formse·qua·to·ri·al·ly, adverbnon·e·qua·to·ri·al, adjectivenon·e·qua·to·ri·al·ly, adverbtrans·e·qua·to·ri·al, adjectivetrans·e·qua·to·ri·al·ly, adverbun·e·qua·to·ri·al, adjective
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Related Words for equatorial

tropic, central, torrid

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British Dictionary definitions for equatorial



of, like, or existing at or near the equator
astronautics (of a telescope) mounted on the perpendicular axes, one of which is parallel to the earth's axisan equatorial orbit
astronomy of or referring to the celestial equatorequatorial coordinates


an equatorial mounting for a telescope
Derived Formsequatorially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for equatorial

1660s, from equator + -al (1).

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