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longituden. [F., fr. L. longitudo, fr. longus long.].
  •  Length; measure or distance along the longest line; -- distinguished from breadth or thickness; as, the longitude of a room; rare now, except in a humorous sense.  Sir H. Wotton.  [1913 Webster]
    "The longitude of their cloaks."  [1913 Webster]
    "Mine [shadow] spindling into longitude immense."  [1913 Webster]
  •  The arc or portion of the equator intersected between the meridian of a given place and the meridian of some other place from which longitude is reckoned, as from Greenwich, England, or sometimes from the capital of a country, as from Washington or Paris. The longitude of a place is expressed either in degrees or in time; as, that of New York is 74  [1913 Webster]
  •  The distance in degrees, reckoned from the vernal equinox, on the ecliptic, to a circle at right angles to the ecliptic passing through the heavenly body whose longitude is designated; as, the longitude of Capella is 79.  [1913 Webster]
Geocentric longitude (Astron.), the longitude of a heavenly body as seen from the earth. -- Heliocentric longitude, the longitude of a heavenly body, as seen from the sun's center. -- Longitude stars, certain stars whose position is known, and the data in regard to which are used in observations for finding the longitude, as by lunar distances.


longitude, n.
1 Geog. the angular distance east or west from a standard meridian such as Greenwich to the meridian of any place.
2 Astron. the angular distance of a celestial body north or south of the ecliptic measured along a great circle through the body and the poles of the ecliptic.

ME f. L longitudo -dinis f. longus long



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