Tropic of Cancer
Etymology: from the sign of the zodiac which its celestial projection intersects Date: 1545 the parallel of latitude that is approximately 23 1/2 degrees north of the equator and that is the northernmost latitude reached by the overhead sun

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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 — 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,… …   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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