Tropic of Cancer


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Tropic of Cancer

n.
The parallel of latitude 23°26′ north of the equator, the northern boundary of the Torrid Zone, and the most northerly latitude at which the sun can shine directly overhead.

trop•ic

(ˈtrɒp ɪk)

n.
1.
a. either of two corresponding parallels of latitude on the terrestrial globe, one (tropic of Cancer) about 23½° N, and the other (tropic of Capricorn) about 23½° S of the equator, being the boundaries of the Torrid Zone.
b. the tropics, the regions lying between and near these parallels of latitude; the Torrid Zone and neighboring regions.
2. either of two circles on the celestial sphere, one lying in the same plane as the tropic of Cancer, the other in the same plane as the tropic of Capricorn.
adj.
3. of or pertaining to the tropics; tropical.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin tropicus < Greek tropikós pertaining to a turn =tróp(os) turn + -ikos -ic]

-tropic

a combining form with the meanings “turned toward, with an orientation toward” that specified by the initial element (geotropic), “having an affinity for, affecting” what is specified (lipotropic), “affecting the activity of, maintaining” a specified organ (thyrotropic). Compare –trophic

Tropic of Cancer

The parallel of latitude 23°27′ north of the equator. It forms the boundary between the Torrid Zone and the North Temperate Zone.
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Noun1.tropic of Cancer - a line of latitude about 23 degrees to the north of the equatorTropic of Cancer - a line of latitude about 23 degrees to the north of the equator
Translations
Kravun kääntöpiiri
Kreeftskeerkring
kräftans vändkrets
References in classic literature ?
The frigate passed at some distance from the Marquesas and the Sandwich Islands, crossed the tropic of Cancer, and made for the China Seas.
The Tankadere entered the Straits of Fo-Kien, which separate the island of Formosa from the Chinese coast, in the small hours of the night, and crossed the Tropic of Cancer.
Last year, OAS had set up a signboard to indicate the passage of Tropic of Cancer in Amerat in Muscat governorate.
Hosted by well-known desert explorer and adventurer, Max Calderan, also known as the 'Son of the Desert', the upcoming event is an informal, non-competitive and self-timed run/jog/walk in desert terrain along the little known Tropic of Cancer line that crosses the Abu Dhabi emirate.
Calderan covered 340km of the Tropic of Cancer line through the UAE from the Saudi border to Oman in 128 hours Image Credit: Supplied Calderan covered 340km of the Tropic of Cancer line through the UAE from the Saudi border to Oman in 128 hours Image Credit: Supplied Calderan covered 340km of the Tropic of Cancer line through the UAE from the Saudi border to Oman in 128 hours Image Credit: Supplied Calderan covered 340km of the Tropic of Cancer line through the UAE from the Saudi border to Oman in 128 hours Image Credit: Supplied Calderan owes much of his mission's success to the supportof his wife Valentina and son Lion in his Tee that Image Credit: Sharmila Dhal/XPRESS
The sun falls directly over places on the equator during equinox, moves northward toward the Tropic of Cancer and then southward again.
20 In geography, which line of latitude crosses India: the Tropic of Cancer or Tropic of Capricorn?
The sun, however, is very cruel in the region - close to the Tropic of Cancer at noon.
ANSWERS: 1 Palomino; 2 A fox; 3 Douglas MacArthur; 4 The Indian; 5 Shale; 6 Coffee; 7 He wore a black eye-patch; 8 Oliver Cromwell; 9 Margaret Beckett; 10 Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn.
In which year did Simon Reeve's programme Tropic Of Cancer broadcast?
Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover, Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer, William S.
UKPRwire, Tue Apr 10 2012] Kuoni has announced that BBC TV presenter Simon Reeve (Equator, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn) will make a series of exclusive appearances at Kuoni stores and partnership stores across the UK, starting in Bath on Tuesday 1st May.