Degree of latitude

Related to Degree of latitude: Degree of longitude
(Geog.) on the earth, the distance on a meridian between two parallels of latitude whose latitudes differ from each other by one degree. This distance is not the same on different parts of a meridian, on account of the flattened figure of the earth, being 68.702 statute miles at the equator, and 69.396 at the poles.

See also: Degree

References in classic literature ?
In ancient times, the ambassadors of Nero reached the ninth degree of latitude, but in eighteen centuries only from five to six degrees, or from three hundred to three hundred and sixty geographical miles, were gained.
The scene of this tale was in the 42d degree of latitude, where the twilight is never of long continuation.
French scientists of that era concluded that if a degree of latitude measured at the equator correlated with a degree of latitude measured in France, it would be possible to discover who was correct, Descartes or Newton.
The IRS appeared to be concerned that by clearly allowing taxpayers to claim capital treatment for termination payments, it was granting them a wide degree of latitude to selectively "whipsaw" the government.
Jeremy Middleton and Chris de Lapuente reached the North Pole on April 19, having walked the last degree of latitude.
The official message provides a certain degree of latitude in normal procedures, said Lay--allowing installations to book carriers that might otherwise be considered too expensive.
If the polar regions were slightly flattened and the equatorial regions were slightly bulging, a degree of latitude near the poles should be slightly greater in mileage than a degree of latitude near the Equator.
It will also be noticed that the drop in altitude per 1 |degree~ drop in Pole altitude is different for each star, and also changes by an appreciable amount--about 5' per degree of latitude for Capella--in moving from 19 |degrees~ north latitude to 6 |degrees~.
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Working in conjunction with NIMA, Boeing Autometric will provide the software and direct support to complete more than 8,000 cells (each being one degree of latitude by one degree of longitude in size) of radar data, equivalent to nearly one terabyte of information," said Tony Moraco, general manager of Boeing Autometric.
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