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Definition of "longitude" []

  • Angular distance on the earth's surface, measured east or west from the prime meridian at Greenwich, England, to the meridian passing through a position, expressed in degrees (or hours), minutes, and seconds. (noun)
  • Celestial longitude. (noun)
  • Distance in degrees east or west of the prime meridian at 0° measured by the angle between the plane of the prime meridian and that of the meridian through the point in question, or by the corresponding time difference (noun)

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Use "longitude" in a sentence
  • "Kerguelen himself only says that it is about 68° of E. longitude, _par_ 68° _de longitude_."
  • "In the days before global positioning satellites, a chronometer - a super-accurate clock - was used to help ascertain longitude on the seas."
  • "This noon she was eight miles east of yesterday's position, yet to-day's position, in longitude, was within"