AskDefine | Define tropic

Dictionary Definition

tropic adj
1 relating to or situated in or characteristic of the tropics (the region on either side of the equator); "tropical islands"; "tropical fruit" [syn: tropical]
2 of weather or climate; hot and humid as in the tropics; "tropical weather" [syn: tropical] n : either of two parallels of latitude about 23.5 degrees north and south of the equator representing the points farthest north and south at which the sun can shine directly overhead and constituting the boundaries of the torrid zone or tropics

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English

Etymology

(trope), a turning

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. Either of the two parallels of latitude 23°27′north and south of the equator; the farthest points at which the sun can be directly overhead; the boundaries of the torrid zone or tropics.

Translations

either of the two parallels
  • Czech: obratník
  • French: tropique
  • German: Wendekreis
  • Polish: zwrotnik
  • Slovene: povratnik

Adjective

  1. Of, or relating to the tropics; tropical.
  2. hot and humid.

Translations

tropical
referring hot and humid weather or climate
  • German: tropisch

Extensive Definition

A tropic can refer to:
tropic in Catalan: Tròpic
tropic in German: Wendekreis
tropic in Spanish: Trópico
tropic in Esperanto: Tropiko
tropic in French: Tropique
tropic in Italian: Tropico
tropic in Lithuanian: Atogrąža
tropic in Japanese: 回帰線
tropic in Dutch: Keerkring
tropic in Polish: Tropik
tropic in Slovak: Obratník
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