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equator

## e·qua·tor

(ĭ-kwā′tər)
n.
1.
a. The imaginary great circle around the earth's surface, equidistant from the poles and perpendicular to the earth's axis of rotation. It divides the earth into the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.
b. A similar great circle drawn on the surface of a celestial body at right angles to the axis of rotation.
2. The celestial equator.
3. A circle that divides a sphere or other surface into congruent parts.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin aequātor (diēī et noctis), equalizer (of day and night), from Latin aequāre, to equalize; see equate.]

## equator

(ɪˈkweɪtə)
n
1. (Physical Geography) the great circle of the earth with a latitude of 0°, lying equidistant from the poles; dividing the N and S hemispheres
2. (Mathematics) a circle dividing a sphere or other surface into two equal symmetrical parts
3. (General Physics) See magnetic equator
4. (Astronomy) astronomy See celestial equator
[C14: from Medieval Latin (circulus) aequātor (diei et noctis) (circle) that equalizes (the day and night), from Latin aequāre to make equal]

## e•qua•tor

(ɪˈkweɪ tər)

n.
1. the great circle on a sphere or heavenly body whose plane is perpendicular to the axis and everywhere equidistant from the poles.
2. the great circle of the earth that is equidistant from the North Pole and South Pole.
3. a circle separating a surface into two congruent parts.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin aequātor, Latin: equalizer (of day and night, as when the sun crosses the equator). See equate, -tor]
equator

## e·qua·tor

(ĭ-kwā′tər)
1. The imaginary line forming a great circle around the Earth's surface halfway between the North and South poles. It divides the Earth into the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.
2. A similar circle on the surface of any celestial body.

## Equator

two points on the surface of the earth diametrically opposite each other. — antipodean, n. , adj.
persons living on opposite sides of the equator but in the same longitude whose shadows at noon fall in opposite directions.

## equator

An imaginary line around the Earth midway between the poles.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 equator - an imaginary line around the Earth forming the great circle that is equidistant from the north and south poles; "the equator is the boundary between the northern and southern hemispheres"great circle - a circular line on the surface of a sphere formed by intersecting it with a plane passing through the center 2 equator - a circle dividing a sphere or other surface into two usually equal and symmetrical partscircle - ellipse in which the two axes are of equal length; a plane curve generated by one point moving at a constant distance from a fixed point; "he calculated the circumference of the circle"
Translations
خَط الإسْتِواءخَطُّ الِاسْتِواء
rovník
ækvator
päiväntasaaja
ekvator
egyenlítõ
miîbaugur

적도
ekvatorinisekvatoriuspusiaujaspusiaujo
ekvators
rovník
ekvator
ekvator
เส้นศูนย์สูตร
đường xích đạo

[ɪˈkweɪtəʳ] N

## equator

[ɪˈkweɪtər] n
the equator → l'Équateur m

## equator

nÄquator m; at the equatoram Äquator

## equator

[ɪˈkweɪtəʳ] n the equatorl'equatore m

## equator

(iˈkweitə) noun
(with the) an imaginary line (or one drawn on a map etc) passing round the globe, at an equal distance from the North and South poles. Singapore is almost on the equator.