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trop·ic 1

1. Either of two parallels of latitude on the earth, one 23°26′ north of the equator and the other 23°26′ 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 tropics.
2. Astronomy Either of two corresponding parallels of celestial latitude that are the limits of the apparent northern and southern passages of the sun.
Of or relating to the tropics; tropical.

[Middle English tropik, from Old French tropique, from Late Latin tropicus, from Latin, of a turn, from Greek tropikos, from tropē, a turning; see trep- in Indo-European roots.]

tro·pic 2

Relating to or exhibiting tropism.

[From -tropic.]

tro′pi·cal·ly adv.


1. (Physical Geography) (sometimes capital) either of the parallel lines of latitude at about 23°N (tropic of Cancer) and 23°S (tropic of Capricorn) of the equator
2. (Physical Geography) the tropics (often capital) that part of the earth's surface between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn; the Torrid Zone
3. (Astronomy) astronomy either of the two parallel circles on the celestial sphere having the same latitudes and names as the corresponding lines on the earth
(Physical Geography) a less common word for tropical
[C14: from Late Latin tropicus belonging to a turn, from Greek tropikos, from tropos a turn; from the ancient belief that the sun turned back at the solstices]


(ˈtrɒp ɪk)

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.
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]


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


1. Either of the two parallels of latitude representing the points farthest north and south at which the sun can shine directly overhead. The northern tropic is the Tropic of Cancer, and the southern one is the Tropic of Capricorn.
2. tropics The region of the Earth lying between these latitudes and corresponding to the Torrid Zone. The tropics are generally the warmest and most humid region of the Earth.

tropical adjective
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tropic - either of two parallels of latitude about 23.5 degrees to the 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
line of latitude, parallel of latitude, parallel, latitude - an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator
Adj.1.tropic - relating to or situated in or characteristic of the tropics (the region on either side of the equator)tropic - relating to or situated in or characteristic of the tropics (the region on either side of the equator); "tropical islands"; "tropical fruit"
equatorial - of or existing at or near the geographic equator; "equatorial Africa"
2.tropic - of weather or climatetropic - of weather or climate; hot and humid as in the tropics; "tropical weather"
hot - used of physical heat; having a high or higher than desirable temperature or giving off heat or feeling or causing a sensation of heat or burning; "hot stove"; "hot water"; "a hot August day"; "a hot stuffy room"; "she's hot and tired"; "a hot forehead"


Of or relating to the Tropics:
مَدار، مِنْطَقَه واقِعَه بين المَدارَيْن


[ˈtrɒpɪk] Ntrópico m
the tropicsel trópico
the Tropic of Cancer/Capricornel Trópico de Cáncer/Capricornio


ntropique m
the Tropic of Cancer → le tropique du Cancer
the Tropic of Capricorn → le tropique du Capricorne tropics
the tropics → les tropiques
in the tropics → sous les tropiques


Wendekreis m; Tropic of Cancer/CapricornWendekreis mdes Krebses/Steinbocks
tropics plTropen pl


[ˈtrɒpɪk] ntropico
the tropics → i tropici
Tropic of Cancer/Capricorn → tropico del Cancro/Capricorno


(ˈtropik) noun
either of two imaginary circles running round the earth at about 23 degrees north (Tropic of Cancer) or south (Tropic of Capricorn) of the equator.
ˈtropics noun plural
the hot regions between or (loosely) near these lines. The ship is heading for the tropics.
ˈtropical adjective
1. of the tropics. The climate there is tropical.
2. growing etc in hot countries. tropical plants.
ˈtropically adverb
References in classic literature ?
In the complexion of a third still lingers a tropic tawn, but slightly bleached withal; he doubtless has tarried whole weeks ashore.
Now those noble golden coins of South America are as medals of the sun and tropic token-pieces.
Born under Syrian skies, 'Neath hotter suns than ours; The children grew and bloomed, Like little tropic flowers.
It was bathed in the silvery light of the great tropic moon.
We had crossed the tropic of Capricorn, and the Straits of Magellan opened less than seven hundred miles to the south.
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.
First a bright patch of colour, like a tropic bird among the boughs; then a tripping figure, with a round hat on, and a small basket under her arm; then a deep- blushing, almost frightened, but bright-smiling girl, making her curtsy with a fluttered yet happy glance, as Arthur came up to her.
Succeeding years, too wild for song, Then rolled like tropic storms along, Where, through the garish lights that fly Dying along the troubled sky, Lay bare, through vistas thunder-riven, The blackness of the general Heaven, That very blackness yet doth Ring Light on the lightning's silver wing.
So you saw that map among tropic birds and shells and thought it was a map of Pacific Islands.
I lay the pen down, and a hundred of her sayings ring in my ears, with my own contradictious comments, that I was doomed so soon to repent; a hundred visions of her start to my eyes; and there is the trade-wind singing in the rigging, and loosening a tress of my darling's hair, till it flies like a tiny golden streamer in the tropic sun.
It reminded Philip of the dirty little harbour with its colliers at Blackstable, and he thought that there he had first acquired the desire, which was now an obsession, for Eastern lands and sunlit islands in a tropic sea.
Night had fallen and he traveled high along the upper terrace where the gorgeous tropic moon lighted the dizzy pathway through the gently undulating branches of the tree tops.