Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to meridians or a meridian.
  • adjective Located in the south; southern.
  • adjective Of or characteristic of southern areas or people.
  • noun An inhabitant of a southern region, especially the south of France.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who dwells in the south; specifically, an inhabitant of the south of France.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the meridian.
  • adjective Having a southern aspect; southern; southerly.
  • adjective the distance or departure from the meridian; the easting or westing.
  • adjective parts of the meridian in Mercator's projection, corresponding to each minute of latitude from the equator up to 70 or 80 degrees; tabulated numbers representing these parts used in projecting charts, and in solving cases in Mercator's sailing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An inhabitant of a southern region, especially the south of France.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or relating to a meridian
  • adjective located in the south or characteristic of southern people or places

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French meridional, from Latin merīdiōnālis, from merīdiēs ("noon; south").

Examples

  • Temperatures in the North Atlantic are influenced by a giant 'conveyor belt' of warm water from the south called the meridional overturning circulation.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • The tangential plane (also called the meridional plane) contains the chief ray and the optical axis of the lens (or lens system), while the sagittal plane (also called the radial and / or equitorial plane) contains only the chief ray and is positioned perpendicular to the tangential plane.

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  • The tangential plane (also called the meridional plane) contains the chief ray and the optical axis of the lens (or lens system), while the sagittal plane (also called the radial and / or equitorial plane) contains only the chief ray and is positioned perpendicular to the tangential plane.

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  • The tangential plane (also called the meridional plane) contains the chief ray and the optical axis of the lens (or lens system), while the sagittal plane (also called the radial and / or equitorial plane) contains only the chief ray and is positioned perpendicular to the tangential plane.

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