American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. 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.
- n. The region of the earth's surface lying between these latitudes.
- n. Astronomy Either of two corresponding parallels of celestial latitude that are the limits of the apparent northern and southern passages of the sun.
- adj. Of or relating to the Tropics; tropical.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or of the nature of the growing, bending, or moving of organisms in relation to external agents; exhibiting tropism.
- Related to tropine.
- Pertaining to the tropics (the regions so called); tropical.
- n. The turning-point; a solstitial point.
- n. In astronomy, one of two circles on the celestial sphere whose distances from the equator are each equal to the obliquity of the ecliptic, or 23½° nearly. The northern one touches the ecliptic at the sign Cancer, and is thence called the tropic of Cancer, the southern one being for a similar reason called the tropic of Capricorn. The sun's annual path in the heavens is bounded by these two circles, and they are called
tropicsbecause when the sun, in his journey northward or southward, reaches either of them, he, as it were, turns back, and travels in an opposite direction in regard to north and south.
- n. In geography, one of two parallels of latitude, each at the same distance from the terrestrial equator as the celestial tropics are from the celestial equator—that is, about 23½°. The one north of the equator is called the tropic of Cancer, and that south of the equator the tropic of Capricorn. Over these circles the sun is vertical when his declination is greatest, and they include the part of the globe called the torrid zone—a zone 47° in width, having the equator for its central line.
- n. plural With the definite article: the regions lying between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, or near them on either side.
- n. Either of the two parallels of latitude 23°27′north and south of the equator; the farthest points at which the sun can be directly overhead; the boundaries of the torrid zone or tropics.
- adj. Of, or relating to the tropics; tropical.
- adj. weather, climate hot and humid.
- adj. biochemistry (noncomparative) Having the quality of indirectly inducing a biological or chemical change in a system or substrate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or designating, an acid obtained from atropine and certain other alkaloids, as a white crystalline substance slightly soluble in water.
- n. (Astron.) One of the two small circles of the celestial sphere, situated on each side of the equator, at a distance of 23° 28′, and parallel to it, which the sun just reaches at its greatest declination north or south, and from which it turns again toward the equator, the northern circle being called the Tropic of Cancer, and the southern the Tropic of Capricorn, from the names of the two signs at which they touch the ecliptic.
- n. One of the two parallels of terrestrial latitude corresponding to the celestial tropics, and called by the same names.
- n. The region lying between these parallels of latitude, or near them on either side.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the tropics; tropical.
- adj. of weather or climate; hot and humid as in the tropics
- n. either of two parallels of latitude about 23.5 degrees to the north and 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 or tropics
- adj. relating to or situated in or characteristic of the tropics (the region on either side of the equator)
- From Late Latin tropicus ("of or pertaining to the solstice, as a noun, one of the tropics"), from τροπικός (tropikós, "of or pertaining to a turn or change, or the solstice, or a trope or figure, tropic, tropical; etc."), from τροπή (tropē, "a turn, turning, solstice, trope"); see trope. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English tropik, from Old French tropique, from Late Latin tropicus, from Latin, of a turn, from Greek tropikos, from tropē, a turning. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“Wow I realy wanted to see both films and I still will, but now that I know tom crackhead cruize is in tropic thunder Im not so interested in it. dac_fan on Jul 29, 2008 tom cruise is so hated that he's actually inspiring people to boycott a movie and rant angrily about him on a internet review blog thingy …”
“Also, I remember having traveled, years before, in tropic steamers, mere merchant vessels built for money making, that were far better fitted for the tropics than was the”
“Caught under full sail in tropic squalls, she buried her rail and deck many times, but stubbornly refused to turn turtle.”
“QUOTATION: Under the tropic is our language spoke,”
“O that those lips had, 423. of the nation, don't confound the, 462. quaint and olden, 613. under the tropic is our, spoke, 220.”
“That on the north side of the equinoctial is called the tropic of Cancer, because the sun describes it when in that sign of the ecliptic; and that on the south side is, for a similar reason, called the tropic of”
“It would be easy to multiply citations upon this subject; from all which it follows, that we have the strongest reasons to believe that the country neighboring to the tropic was the cradle of the sciences, and of consequence that the first learned nation was a nation of Blacks; for it is incontrovertible, that, by the term Ethiopians, the ancients meant to represent a people of black complexion, thick lips, and woolly hair.”
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