from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. on the earth, the distance on a meridian between two parallels of latitude whose latitudes differ from each other by one degree. This distance is not the same on different parts of a meridian, on account of the flattened figure of the earth, being 68.702 statute miles at the equator, and 69.396 at the poles.
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Similarly, only one degree of latitude separated Peter Van Schaack, a reluctant loyalist, from his close friend John Jay, a reluctant patriot of a very light stripe.
It has been believed that climate exerts but little influence, from the fact that we frequently find races and individuls living in the same degree of latitude possessing totally different manners customs and habits.