from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Angular distance on the earth's surface, measured east or west from the prime meridian at Greenwich, England, to the meridian passing through a position, expressed in degrees (or hours), minutes, and seconds.
- n. Celestial longitude.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Angular distance measured west or east of the prime meridian.
- n. Any imaginary line perpendicular to the equator and part of a great circle passing through the North Pole and South Pole.
- n. Length.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Length; measure or distance along the longest line; -- distinguished from
breadthor thickness; ; rare now, except in a humorous sense.
- n. 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
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Length; measure along the longest line.
- n. In geography, the angle at the pole contained between two meridians, one of which, called the first or prime meridian, passes through some conventional point from which the angle is measured.
- n. In astronomy, the arc of the ecliptic measured eastward from the vernal equinoctial point to the foot of the circle of latitude drawn through the object, as a star or other point on the sphere whose position is in question. See circle of latitudes, under circle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the angular distance between a point on any meridian and the prime meridian at Greenwich
Kerguelen himself only says that it is about 68° of E. longitude, _par_ 68° _de longitude_.
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In the days before global positioning satellites, a chronometer - a super-accurate clock - was used to help ascertain longitude on the seas.
This noon she was eight miles east of yesterday's position, yet to-day's position, in longitude, was within
He tells a story of how a clock maker invented the modern system of latitute (as in longitude and latitude), and the moral of the story is that time is the archival system for the measurement (and thus understanding) of space, and that time is also the archival system for the measurement (and thus the understanding) of music (rhythm).
I took a new reading of latitude and longitude from the driveway of the campground and adjusted my database (it is Latitude: +42.04159, Longitude: -71.28098, in case you are keeping track).
And the third time he mentioned the word longitude, I thought, ` He's read my book and he liked it. '
And so I started to read that review and I noticed the word longitude came up very soon.
But, between the longitude of Hilo and 128 degrees west longitude is a difference of twenty-seven degrees, or, roughly, sixteen hundred miles.
The rest of the story of the telegraphic longitude is short.
The timezones of the world are separated by 15 degrees of longitude, so a 4 hour difference between high noon in the Atlantic and 4: 00 pm Universal Time meant that my longitude was approximately 4×15 = 60 degrees west.