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Definition of "tropic" []

  • Either of two parallels of latitude on the earth, one 23°27ʹ north of the equator and the other 23°27ʹ south of the equator, representing the points farthest north and south at which the sun can shine directly overhead and constituting the boundaries of the Torrid Zone. (noun)
  • The region of the earth's surface lying between these latitudes. (noun)
  • Astronomy Either of two corresponding parallels of celestial latitude that are the limits of the apparent northern and southern passages of the sun. (noun)
  • Of or relating to the Tropics; tropical. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tropic" in a sentence
  • "The suffix "tropic" is from a Greek word meaning "to turn" and makes, no sense in this connection."
  • "I soon learned the popular exotic fruit known as "the apple of the tropic" is native to this central region of Mexico and the main economic engine for Calvillo, a small town of guava growers about 50 kilometers southwest of the state capital of Aguascalientes."
  • "Stuff like this should take place in tropic ancient lands like the first and second film."