American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to meridians or a meridian.
- adj. Located in the south; southern.
- adj. Of or characteristic of southern areas or people.
- n. An inhabitant of a southern region, especially the south of France.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to the meridian; having a direction like that of a terrestrial meridian.
- Highest; consummate.
- Southern; southerly; extending or turned toward the south.
- Characteristic of southern climates or southern peoples.
- n. One who dwells in the south; specifically, an inhabitant of the south of France.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to the meridian.
- adj. Having a southern aspect; southern; southerly.
- adj. of or relating to a meridian
- adj. located in the south or characteristic of southern people or places
- From Middle French meridional, from Latin merīdiōnālis, from merīdiēs ("noon; south"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, pertaining to the sun's position at noon, from Old French meridionel, southern, from Late Latin merīdiōnālis, from Latin merīdiānus, of midday, southern; see meridian. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Temperatures in the North Atlantic are influenced by a giant 'conveyor belt' of warm water from the south called the meridional overturning circulation.”
“The currents are driven by a “conveyor belt” mechanism, known as the meridional overturning circulation, that depends on salinity to keep it running: as water from the warm Gulf moves northward, it evaporates moisture to the colder atmosphere, which increases the ocean water salinity and thus its density; the denser water sinks and flows back southward, where the cycle begins anew.”
“After this, I have gone toward the parts meridional, that is, toward the south, and I have found that in Lybia men see first the star”
“Jet streams sometimes form huge loops over North America, with segments flowing from north to south or south to north - what scientists call meridional flow.”
“This flow is instrumental to regulating the strength of a current known as the meridional overturning circulation, a key driver of heat from the tropics to the poles.”
“It shows how the graceful fiction that Italy is all "meridional" flourished for some time before being refuted by grumbling tourists.”
“The sunspot cycle is thought to arise from large-scale motions inside the sun: north-south and east-west flows (meridional circulation and torsional oscillation, respectively) and differential rotation in which the solar equator rotates faster than the poles.”
“Eratosthenes used rough estimates and round numbers, but depending on the length of the stadion, his result is within a margin of between 2% and 20% of the actual meridional circumference, 40,008 kilometres (24,860 mi).”
“Arctic ozone levels exhibit high natural seasonal and interannual variability, driven primarily by atmospheric dynamics that govern the largescale meridional transport of ozone from the tropics to high latitudes.”
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