Pronunciation: (lat'i-tOOd", -tyOOd"), [key]
1. Geog.
a. the angular distance north or south from the equator of a point on the earth's surface, measured on the meridian of the point.
b. a place or region as marked by this distance.
2. freedom from narrow restrictions; freedom of action, opinion, etc.: He allowed his children a fair amount of latitude.
3. Astron.
a. See celestial latitude.
b. See galactic latitude.
4. Photog.the ability of an emulsion to record the brightness values of a subject in their true proportion to one another, expressed as the ratio of the amount of brightness in the darkest possible value to the amount of brightness in the brightest: a latitude of 1 to 128.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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