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Noun

longitudes
  1. Plural of longitude

Extensive Definition

Longitude , symbolized by the Greek character lambda (λ), is the east-west (Side to Side) geographic coordinate measurement most commonly used in cartography and global navigation. A line of longitude is a meridian and half of a great circle.

History

Mariners and explorers for most of history struggled to determine precise longitude. Latitude was calculated by observing with quadrant or astrolabe the inclination of the sun or of charted stars, but longitude presented no such manifest means of study. Amerigo Vespucci was perhaps the first to proffer a solution, after devoting a great deal of time and energy studying the problem during his sojourns in the New World.

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longitudes in Arabic: خط طول
longitudes in Aragonese: Lonchitut
longitudes in Asturian: Llonxitú
longitudes in Bengali: দ্রাঘিমাংশ
longitudes in Min Nan: Keng-tō͘
longitudes in Belarusian: Геаграфічная даўгата
longitudes in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Даўгата
longitudes in Bosnian: Geografska dužina
longitudes in Bulgarian: Географска дължина
longitudes in Catalan: Longitud (geografia)
longitudes in Czech: Zeměpisná délka
longitudes in Welsh: Hydred
longitudes in Danish: Længdekreds
longitudes in German: Geographische Länge
longitudes in Modern Greek (1453-): Γεωγραφικό μήκος
longitudes in Spanish: Longitud (cartografía)
longitudes in Esperanto: Longitudo
longitudes in French: Longitude
longitudes in Galician: Lonxitude
longitudes in Hindi: रेखांश
longitudes in Croatian: Zemljopisna dužina
longitudes in Igbo: Longitude
longitudes in Indonesian: Bujur
longitudes in Icelandic: Lengdargráða
longitudes in Italian: Longitudine
longitudes in Hebrew: קו אורך
longitudes in Swahili (macrolanguage): Longitudo
longitudes in Kurdish: Hêlîlar
longitudes in Lithuanian: Ilguma
longitudes in Lingala: Monkɔlɔ́tɔ molaí
longitudes in Malayalam: രേഖാംശം
longitudes in Dutch: Lengtegraad
longitudes in Dutch Low Saxon: Lengtegraod
longitudes in Japanese: 経度
longitudes in Norwegian: Meridian
longitudes in Norwegian Nynorsk: Lengdegrad
longitudes in Polish: Długość geograficzna
longitudes in Portuguese: Longitude
longitudes in Romanian: Longitudine
longitudes in Quechua: Suni siwi
longitudes in Russian: Долгота
longitudes in Slovenian: Zemljepisna dolžina
longitudes in Serbian: Географска дужина
longitudes in Finnish: Pituuspiiri
longitudes in Swedish: Longitud
longitudes in Telugu: అక్షాంశం
longitudes in Thai: ลองจิจูด
longitudes in Turkish: Boylam
longitudes in Ukrainian: Довгота
longitudes in Vlaams: Lengtegroad
longitudes in Chinese: 经度
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