parallel of latitude
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Related to parallel of latitude: great circle, longitude, Tropic of Cancer, difference of latitude, Meridian of longitude
parallel of latitude:see latitudelatitude,
angular distance of any point on the surface of the earth north or south of the equator. The equator is latitude 0°, and the North Pole and South Pole are latitudes 90°N and 90°S, respectively.
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Parallel of Latitude
the line of intersection of the surface of the globe with a plane parallel to the equator. All points lying on such a parallel have the same geographic latitude.
parallel of latitude[′par·ə‚lel əv ′lad·ə‚tüd]
circle of longitude
i. A circle of the celestial sphere parallel to the ecliptic.
ii. A circle on the surface of the earth parallel to the plane of the equator. A parallel, along which longitude is measured. Also called parallel of latitude.
The line joining all points that are at the same latitude (i.e., parallel to the equator). See latitude. See also parallel of latitude.