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EQUATORIAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does equatorial mean? 

EQUATORIAL (noun)
  The noun EQUATORIAL has 1 sense:

1. a telescope whose mounting has only two axes of motion, one parallel to the Earth's axis and the other one at right angles to it

  Familiarity information: EQUATORIAL used as a noun is very rare.


EQUATORIAL (adjective)
  The adjective EQUATORIAL has 3 senses:

1. of or relating to or at an equator
2. of or relating to conditions at the geographical equator
3. of or existing at or near the geographic equator

  Familiarity information: EQUATORIAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


EQUATORIAL (noun)


Sense 1equatorial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A telescope whose mounting has only two axes of motion, one parallel to the Earth's axis and the other one at right angles to it

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("equatorial" is a kind of...):

scope; telescope (a magnifier of images of distant objects)


EQUATORIAL (adjective)


Sense 1equatorial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to or at an equator

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

equatorial diameter

Pertainym:

equator (a circle dividing a sphere or other surface into two usually equal and symmetrical parts)


Sense 2equatorial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to conditions at the geographical equator

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

equatorial heat

Pertainym:

equator (an imaginary line around the Earth forming the great circle that is equidistant from the north and south poles)


Sense 3equatorial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or existing at or near the geographic equator

Context example:

equatorial Africa

Similar:

pantropic; pantropical (distributed throughout the tropics)

tropic; tropical (relating to or situated in or characteristic of the tropics (the region on either side of the equator))

Antonym:

polar (of or existing at or near a geographical pole or within the Arctic or Antarctic Circles)


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