- 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.
- trophy room,
- trophy wife,
- tropic bird,
- tropic of cancer,
- tropic of capricorn,
- tropical abscess
Origin of tropic
Origin of -tropic
Examples from the Web for tropic
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
It was midday, then, on the tropic seas, and the horizon was closing in with clouds as of blood and vapours of stifling heat.The Manxman|Hall Caine
His face was clear-cut and bronzed by tropic sun and ocean winds.The Code of the Mountains|Charles Neville Buck
But in the region which lies south of the Tropic of Capricorn, outside the region of trade-winds, the exact reverse holds.South America Observations and Impressions|James Bryce
This specimen was obtained at Ascension, and is common in all parts of the Atlantic within or near the Tropic.
Everything was green and wet, and the wet green clambered from within, a threat, a tropic impulse.When the Owl Cries|Paul Bartlett
Word Origin for tropic
adj combining form
Word Origin for -tropic
late 14c., "either of the two circles in the celestial sphere which describe the northernmost and southernmost points of the ecliptic," from Late Latin tropicus "of or pertaining to the solstice" (as a noun, "one of the tropics"), from Latin tropicus "pertaining to a turn," from Greek tropikos "of or pertaining to a turn or change, or to the solstice" (as a noun, "the solstice"), from trope "a turning" (see trope).
The notion is of the point at which the sun "turns back" after reaching its northernmost or southernmost point in the sky. Extended 1520s to the corresponding latitudes on the earth's surface (23 degrees 28 minutes north and south); meaning "region between these parallels" is from 1837. Tropical "hot and lush like the climate of the tropics" is first attested 1834.