Latitude



[lat-i-tood, -tyood] /ˈlæt ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/

noun
1.
Geography.

2.
freedom from narrow restrictions; freedom of action, opinion, etc.:
He allowed his children a fair amount of latitude.
3.
Astronomy.

4.
Photography. the ability of an emulsion to record the brightness values of a subject in their true proportion to one another, expressed as the ratio of the amount of brightness in the darkest possible value to the amount of brightness in the brightest:
a latitude of 1 to 128.
/ˈlætɪˌtjuːd/
noun
1.

2.
scope for freedom of action, thought, etc; freedom from restriction: his parents gave him a great deal of latitude
3.
(photog) the range of exposure over which a photographic emulsion gives an acceptable negative
4.
(astronomy) See celestial latitude
n.

late 14c., “breadth,” from Old French latitude (13c.) and directly from Latin latitudo “breadth, width, extent, size,” from latus “wide,” from PIE root *stele- “to spread” (cf. Old Church Slavonic steljo “to spread out,” Armenian lain “broad”). Geographical sense also is from late 14c., literally “breadth” of a map of the known world. Figurative sense of “allowable degree of variation” is early 15c. Related: Latitudinal.
latitude
(lāt’ĭ-td’)

The measurement, in degrees, of a place’s distance north or south of the equator. (Compare longitude.)

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