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LONGITUDINAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does longitudinal mean? 

LONGITUDINAL (adjective)
  The adjective LONGITUDINAL has 3 senses:

1. of or relating to lines of longitude
2. running lengthwise
3. over an extended time

  Familiarity information: LONGITUDINAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


LONGITUDINAL (adjective)


Sense 1longitudinal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to lines of longitude

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

longitudinal reckoning by the navigator

Pertainym:

longitude (the angular distance between a point on any meridian and the prime meridian at Greenwich)


Sense 2longitudinal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Running lengthwise

Context examples:

a thin longitudinal strip / longitudinal measurements of the hull

Similar:

lengthways; lengthwise (running or extending in the direction of the length of a thing)


Sense 3longitudinal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Over an extended time

Context example:

a longitudinal study of twins

Similar:

long (primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified)


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