- the angular distance north or south from the equator of a point on the earth's surface, measured on the meridian of the point.
- a place or region as marked by this distance.
- freedom from narrow restrictions; freedom of action, opinion, etc.: He allowed his children a fair amount of latitude.
- Photography. the ability of an emulsion to record the brightness values of a subject in their true proportion to one another, expressed as the ratio of the amount of brightness in the darkest possible value to the amount of brightness in the brightest: a latitude of 1 to 128.
Origin of latitude
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Examples from the Web for latitude
The longitude between Queens and the Kremlin gave Channel One some latitude.From Moscow to Queens, Down Sergei Dovlatov Way
September 15, 2014
Or the party might allow an insider some latitude to edge back toward the political center.Will 2016 be for Republicans what 1988 was for Democrats?
April 8, 2013
The license covers half the area of the Golan from the latitude of Katzrin in the north to Tzemach in the south.Israeli-American Company To Drill For Oil In Occupied Golan Heights
Emily L. Hauser
February 22, 2013
The good news is that the “mostly guilty” verdict means that the judge has latitude in considering a sentence.Jury Did the Right Thing in Ravi Case
March 16, 2012
She likes to use "grand words" like latitude and longitude; her biggest fear is to appear "ignorant."Alice, Bratty in Wonderland
February 28, 2010
Latitude 25 degrees 52 minutes from mean of two observations.
By meridian altitude of sun, camp is in latitude 31 degrees 53 minutes South.
The tracks may be Mr. Giles's, as I cannot think Mr. Gosse could be out in his latitude.
By observation, the camp was in latitude 31 degrees 42 minutes South.
Camped on a gully with some old feed in the flat, in latitude 27 degrees 49 minutes.
- an angular distance in degrees north or south of the equator (latitude 0°), equal to the angle subtended at the centre of the globe by the meridian between the equator and the point in question
- (often plural)a region considered with regard to its distance from the equatorSee longitude (def. 1)
- scope for freedom of action, thought, etc; freedom from restrictionhis parents gave him a great deal of latitude
- photog the range of exposure over which a photographic emulsion gives an acceptable negative
- astronomy See celestial latitude
Word Origin and History for latitude
late 14c., "breadth," from Old French latitude (13c.) and directly from Latin latitudo "breadth, width, extent, size," from latus "wide," from PIE root *stele- "to spread" (cf. Old Church Slavonic steljo "to spread out," Armenian lain "broad"). Geographical sense also is from late 14c., literally "breadth" of a map of the known world. Figurative sense of "allowable degree of variation" is early 15c. Related: Latitudinal.
- A measure of relative position north or south on the Earth's surface, measured in degrees from the equator, which has a latitude of 0°, with the poles having a latitude of 90° north and south. The distance of a degree of latitude is about 69 statute miles or 60 nautical miles (111 km). Latitude and longitude are the coordinates that together identify all positions on the Earth's surface. Compare longitude.
- Celestial latitude.