equatorial
adjective Date: 1664 1. a. of, relating to, or located at the equator or an equator; also being in the plane of the equator <
a satellite in equatorial orbit
>
b. of, originating in, or suggesting the region around the geographic equator 2. a. being or having a support that includes two axles at right angles to each other with one parallel to the earth's axis of rotation <
an equatorial telescope mount
>
b. extending in a direction essentially in the plane of a cyclic structure (as of cyclohexane) <
equatorial hydrogens
>
— compare axial

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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