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Definition 1: either of two parallels of latitude about 23.5 degrees to the north and south of the equator representing the points farthest north and south at which the sun can shine directly overhead and constituting the boundaries of the Torrid Zone or tropics - [noun denoting location]

(tropic is a kind of ...) an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator

(... is an instance of tropic) a line of latitude about 23 degrees to the north of the equator

(... is an instance of tropic) a line of latitude about 23 degrees to the south of the equator

Definition 2: relating to or situated in or characteristic of the tropics (the region on either side of the equator) - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where tropic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • tropical islands
  • tropical fruit

Synonyms for tropic in the sense of this definition

(tropic is similar to ...) of or existing at or near the geographic equator

"equatorial Africa"

Definition 3: of weather or climate; hot and humid as in the tropics - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where tropic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • tropical weather

Synonyms for tropic in the sense of this definition

(tropic is similar to ...) used of physical heat; having a high or higher than desirable temperature or giving off heat or feeling or causing a sensation of heat or burning

"hot stove" "hot water" "a hot August day" "a hot stuffy room" "she's hot and tired" "a hot forehead"

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