prime meridian

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Origin of prime meridian

First recorded in 1860–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for prime meridian

prime meridian

  1. the 0° meridian from which the other meridians or lines of longitude are calculated, usually taken to pass through Greenwich
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prime meridian in Science

prime meridian

  1. The meridian with a longitude of 0°, adopted officially in 1884 as a reference line from which longitude east and west are measured and as a basis for standardized time zones. It passes through Greenwich, England, the site of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, which was founded in 1675 and which closed except as a museum in 1998. The prime meridian, together with its opposite meridian having a longitude of 180°, divide the Earth roughly into the Eastern and Western Hemispheres, with those portions of the British Isles, Europe, and Africa that lie west of the prime meridian, considered for practical purposes as belonging to the Eastern Hemisphere.
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prime meridian in Culture

prime meridian

The meridian at zero degrees longitude. All longitude is measured relative to the prime meridian, which passes through Greenwich, England.

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