Circle of latitude

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(Astron.) A great circle perpendicular to the plane of the ecliptic, passing through its poles.
(Spherical Projection) A small circle of the sphere whose plane is perpendicular to the axis.

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Ecuador is of course Spanish for Equator, one of the five notable circles of latitude on Earth; the other four are on Frank's midriff.
Watching this process through incremental steps, the researchers were able to observe and describe through mathematical formulas how the drop imposes confinement on circles of latitude of the sheet.
We should inform them that semicircles of longitude are parts of great circles, circles on the Earth surface centred at the centre of the Earth, and opposite semicircles form a great circle, whereas circles of latitude besides the equator are small circles.