Tropic of Cancer
Tropic Trop"ic, n. [F. tropique, L. tropicus of or belonging to a turn, i. e., of the sun, Gr. ? of the solstice, ? (sc. ?) the tropic or solstice, fr. ? to turn. See {Trope}.] 1. (Astron.) One of the two small circles of the celestial sphere, situated on each side of the equator, at a distance of 23[deg] 28[min], and parallel to it, which the sun just reaches at its greatest declination north or south, and from which it turns again toward the equator, the northern circle being called the {Tropic of Cancer}, and the southern the {Tropic of Capricorn}, from the names of the two signs at which they touch the ecliptic. [1913 Webster]

2. (Geog.) (a) One of the two parallels of terrestrial latitude corresponding to the celestial tropics, and called by the same names. (b) pl. The region lying between these parallels of latitude, or near them on either side. [1913 Webster]

The brilliant flowers of the tropics bloom from the windows of the greenhouse and the saloon. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Tropic of Cancer — Cancer Can cer, n. [L. cancer, cancri, crab, ulcer, a sign of the zodiac; akin to Gr. karki nos, Skr. karka[.t]a crab, and prob. Skr. karkara hard, the crab being named from its hard shell. Cf. {Canner}, {Chancre}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tropic of Cancer — or Tropic of Capricorn see TROPIC (n. 1 & 2) * * * Parallel of latitude approximately 23°27′ north of the terrestrial Equator. It is the northern boundary of the tropics and marks the northernmost latitude at which the Sun can be seen directly… …   Universalium

  • Tropic of Cancer — or Tropic of Capricorn see TROPIC (n. 1 & 2) …   English World dictionary

  • Tropic of Cancer — For the novel by Henry Miller, see Tropic of Cancer (novel). For the BBC TV series, see Tropic of Cancer (BBC TV series). Coordinates: 23°26′16″N 0°0′0″W /  …   Wikipedia

  • Tropic of Cancer — [[t]trɒ̱pɪk əv kæ̱nsə(r)[/t]] N PROPER The Tropic of Cancer is an imaginary line around the Earth 23° 26 north of the equator …   English dictionary

  • Tropic of Cancer — noun The parallel of latitude 23°30′north of the equator, marking the northern boundary of the tropics; the sun is directly overhead at the summer solstice. See Also …   Wiktionary

  • Tropic of Cancer — noun a line of latitude about 23 degrees to the north of the equator • Instance Hypernyms: ↑tropic …   Useful english dictionary

  • tropic of Cancer — trop′ic of Can′cer n. geo See under tropic 1), a) • Etymology: 1545–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • tropic of Cancer. — See under tropic (def. 1a). [1545 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • tropic of Cancer. — See under tropic (def. 1a). [1545 55] …   Useful english dictionary

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