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Middle English, from Latin latitudin-, latitudo, from latus wide; akin to Old Church Slavic postĭlati to spread


  • 1 archaic : extent or distance from side to side : width
  • 2 : angular distance from some specified circle or plane of reference: as a : angular distance north or south from the earth's equator measured through 90 degrees
b : angular distance of a celestial body from the ecliptic
c : a region or locality as marked by its latitude
  • 3 a : scope, range
b : the range of exposures within which a film or plate will produce a negative or positive of satisfactory quality
  • 4 : freedom of action or choice <students are allowed considerable latitude in choosing courses>

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