Geography. angular distance east or west on the earth's surface, measured by the angle contained between the meridian of a particular place and some prime meridian, as that of Greenwich, England, and expressed either in degrees or by some corresponding difference in time.
- latitude, longitude
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How to use longitude in a sentence
The asteroid can be best seen at longitudes in Africa and Europe, but stargazers in North America might be able to catch a glimpse around dusk.Do look up at this asteroid as it whizzes safely past Earth tonight | Lauren J. Young | January 18, 2022 | Popular-Science
Users can add custom notes, latitude and longitude coordinates, or other data points to describe the image.Inside the simple counting software that makes biologists’ jobs a little easier | Maggie Galloway | January 13, 2022 | Popular-Science
It lived at 0 degrees both latitude and longitude, a point known as “Null Island” by geocoders because it represents data that is empty, or null.What Happens When the World's Most Popular COVID-19 Dashboard Can't Get Data? | Emily Barone | September 29, 2021 | Time
The tissue first folded itself into a spheroid with its fibers forming a pattern like lines of longitude on Earth, which are parallel near the equator but sharply change orientation as they converge at the North and South poles.The Math of Living Things - Issue 102: Hidden Truths | Sidney Perkowitz | June 23, 2021 | Nautilus
Rattray wouldn’t know it yet, but when he switched his computer on to check on her progress, he would find Serenity at almost precisely the longitude of her final destination in Farquhar Atoll.How Sea Turtles Find Their Way - Issue 94: Evolving | Jason G. Goldman | December 16, 2020 | Nautilus
The longitude between Queens and the Kremlin gave Channel One some latitude.
She likes to use "grand words" like latitude and longitude; her biggest fear is to appear "ignorant."
Its habitat in Australia is known to extend as wide as twenty-four degrees of latitude, and twenty-six degrees of longitude.
The longitude of the south-west end of this island is by Captain Flinders' observation in 150 degrees 13 minutes East.
Croton quadripartitum, Labill., was observed in longitude 148 degrees.
It was seen in the latitude and longitude of an island visited by Drake, marked in the old charts.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil | Maria Graham
The late Board of longitude was another source of patronage, which, although now abolished, it may be useful to hint at.Decline of Science in England | Charles Babbage
British Dictionary definitions for longitude
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Scientific definitions for longitude
A measure of relative position east or west on the Earth's surface, given in degrees from a certain meridian, usually the prime meridian at Greenwich, England, which has a longitude of 0°. The distance of a degree of longitude is about 69 statute miles or 60 nautical miles (111 km) at the equator, decreasing to zero at the poles. Longitude and latitude are the coordinates used to identify any point on the Earth's surface. Compare latitude.
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Cultural definitions for longitude
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