Latitude

Lat"i*tude

(?), n. [F. latitude, L. latitudo, fr. latus broad, wide, for older stlatus; perh. akin to E. strew.] 1. Extent from side to side, or distance sidewise from a given point or line; breadth; width.
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Provided the length do not exceed the latitude above one third part.
Sir H. Wotton.
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2. Room; space; freedom from confinement or restraint; hence, looseness; laxity; independence.
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In human actions there are no degrees and precise natural limits described, but a latitude is indulged.
Jer. Taylor.
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3. Extent or breadth of signification, application, etc.; extent of deviation from a standard, as truth, style, etc.
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No discreet man will believe Augustine's miracles, in the latitude of monkish relations.
Fuller.
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4. Extent; size; amplitude; scope.
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I pretend not to treat of them in their full latitude.
Locke.
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5. (Geog.) Distance north or south of the equator, measured on a meridian.
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6. (Astron.) The angular distance of a heavenly body from the ecliptic.
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Ascending latitude, Circle of latitude, Geographical latitude, etc. See under Ascending. Circle, etc. -- High latitude, that part of the earth's surface near either pole, esp. that part within either the arctic or the antarctic circle. -- Low latitude, that part of the earth's surface which is near the equator.
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