- either of two corresponding parallels of latitude on the terrestrial globe, one (tropic of Cancer ) about 23½° N, and the other (tropic of Capricorn ) about 23½° S of the equator, being the boundaries of the Torrid Zone.
- the tropics, the regions lying between and near these parallels of latitude; the Torrid Zone and neighboring regions.
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Instead, rafts of atmospheric wind deliver fresh ozone from the tropics, where it naturally forms, to the poles.5 famous environmental disasters where humans and nature healed together|Meera Subramanian|February 16, 2021|Popular Science
At the same time, the Earth’s orbit around the sun was more oval, and seasonal variation in sunlight in the tropics was double what it is today.Earth used to be cooler than we thought, which changes our math on global warming|Philip Kiefer|January 28, 2021|Popular Science
Very little is known about what animals in the tropics were going through during the exchange.Why South America’s ancient mammals may have lost out to northern counterparts|Jake Buehler|November 4, 2020|Science News
An astronaut is unlikely to be infected with a disease from the tropics, for example.Surviving Mars missions will take planning and lots of innovation|Maria Temming|October 22, 2020|Science News For Students
People living in places such as northern Europe, Canada and the United States could learn a thing or two from countries in the tropics, says Kurt Shickman.Changing climates can take cooling tips from warm regions|Sharon Oosthoek|October 8, 2020|Science News For Students
Mr Hock used to be an owner of the Hawaiian Tropic Zone in Times Square.
In Tropic Thunder, he was a hopelessly deluded movie star in search of an Oscar.
He did a comic turn in Tropic Thunder and a quirky commercial for Jimmy Kimmel that aired during the Oscars.
"Tropic Thunder" was a modest hit ($159 million), but it cost a fortune to make ($100 million).How Much Paramount Lost In Its Deal with Spielberg|Sharon Waxman|October 15, 2008|DAILY BEAST
Some tropic birds were seen this morning but as yet neither albatrosses nor pintadoes had made their appearance.
This specimen was obtained at Ascension, and is common in all parts of the Atlantic within or near the Tropic.
Through the tracery of the lattice came the warm breeze, bearing the narcotic scent of those tropic gardens.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
That organ has only to exhale, in its degree, a fostering tropic air in order to produce complications almost beyond reckoning.The Awkward Age|Henry James
Scurlocks voice, rising out of the softly-lit tropic evening, died suddenly.Cursed|George Allan England