Definition of Meridional

1. Adjective. Of or relating to a meridian.

Partainyms: Meridian
Derivative terms: Meridian

2. Adjective. Located in the south or characteristic of southern people or places.
Similar to: Southern

Definition of Meridional

1. a. Of or pertaining to the meridian.

Definition of Meridional

1. Adjective. Located in the south, southern; later especially, pertaining to the south of France or other southern parts of Europe. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

2. Adjective. (astronomy geography) Along a north-south direction, or relative to a meridian; or relating to meridians or a meridian. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

3. Adjective. Of or characteristic of southern areas or people, especially those in the south of France or other southern parts of Europe. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

4. Noun. An inhabitant of a southern region, especially the south of France. ¹

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Definition of Meridional

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Meridional

1. Relating to a meridian. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Meridional

meridian of cornea
meridiani bulbi oculi
meridians of eye
meridional (current term)
meridional aberration
meridional cleavage
meridional fibres
meridional ray
meridional wind

Literary usage of Meridional

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on Fluxions by Colin MacLaurin (1801)
"and u be the sine of the given latitude DCH for which the meridional parts are ... The table for the meridional parts being already computed in the sphere, ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"The principal arcs measured in foreign countries are the Anglo-French meridional arc extending from the north of the British Isles southward through France ..."

3. Mathematical Tables Consisting of Logarithms of Numbers 1 to 108000 edited by James Pryde (1883)
"A ship has sailed northerly till her meridional difference of latitude is 1052, ... When the given latitude of the place sailed from and the meridional ..."

4. Elements of Surveying and Navigation: With Descriptions of the Instruments by Charles Davies (1866)
"Then find the meridional difference between the second and third, and lay it off in ... This scale corresponds exactly with the table of meridional parts, ..."

5. Catalogue of the Library of the Royal Geographical Society: Containing the by Hugh Robert Mill (1895)
"The Joga-Tila meridional Series, and the Sutlej Series 1875 Vol. 7. The North-West Himalaya Series, and the Triangulation of the Kashmir Survey 1879 Vol. ..."

6. American Edition of the British Encyclopedia: Or, Dictionary of Arts and William Nicholson by William Nicholson (1819)
"If lire chart is upon a large scale, the meridional ... Find the meridional parts answering to each degree of latitude, within the intended limits of the ..."

7. Report on the Geology, Mineralogy, Botany, and Zoology of Massachusetts by Massachusetts Geological survey, Edward Hitchcock (1835)
"So that upon the whole, I am greatly in doubt whether the Berkshire rocks ought to be referred to the oldest or the latest meridional system. ..."

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