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Meaning of latitude

lat•i•tude

Pronunciation: (lat'i-td", -tyd"), [key]
— n.
    1. the angular distance north or south from the equator of a point on the earth's surface, measured on the meridian of the point.
    2. a place or region as marked by this distance.
  1. freedom from narrow restrictions; freedom of action, opinion, etc.: He allowed his children a fair amount of latitude.
    1. Seecelestial latitude.
    2. Seegalactic latitude.
  2. the ability of an emulsion to record the brightness values of a subject in their true proportion to one another, expressed as the ratio of the amount of brightness in the darkest possible value to the amount of brightness in the brightest: a latitude of 1 to 128.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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