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Meaning of longitude

lon•gi•tude

Pronunciation: (lon'ji-td", -tyd"), [key]
— n.
  1. angular distance east or west on the earth's surface, measured by the angle contained between the meridian of a particular place and some prime meridian, as that of Greenwich, England, and expressed either in degrees or by some corresponding difference in time.
    1. Seecelestial longitude.
    2. Seegalactic longitude.
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