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trop·ic 1

 (trŏp′ĭk)
n.
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.
adj.
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

(trō′pĭk)
adj.
Relating to or exhibiting tropism.

[From -tropic.]

tro′pi·cal·ly adv.

tropic

(ˈtrɒpɪk)
n
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
adj
(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]

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

trop·ic

(trŏp′ĭk)
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"

tropic

adjective
Of or relating to the Tropics:
Translations
مَدار، مِنْطَقَه واقِعَه بين المَدارَيْن
obratník
vendekreds
térítõ
hvarfbaugur
atogrąžaatogrąžosatogrąžųtropikaitropinis
trops
obratník
povratniktropi
回归线回歸線

tropic

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

tropic

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

tropic

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

tropic

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

tropic

(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
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