lat·i·tude (lati-td′, -tyd′)
a. The angular distance north or south of the earth's equator, measured in degrees along a meridian, as on a map or globe.
b. A region of the earth considered in relation to its distance from the equator:temperate latitudes.
2. Astronomy The angular distance of a celestial body north or south of the ecliptic.
3. Freedom from normal restraints, limitations, or regulations. See Synonyms at room.
4. A range of values or conditions, especially the range of exposures over which a photographic film yields usable images.
5. Archaic Width; breadth.
[Middle English, geographical latitude, fromOld French, width, fromLatinlātitūdō, width, geographical latitude, fromlātus, wide.]
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