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

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

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They are situated under the Equator, and between five and six hundred miles westward of the coast of America.
When they got near to the Equator they saw some flying-fishes coming towards them.
This island, lying near to the eastern coast of Africa, is in the sixth degree of south latitude, that is to say, four hundred and thirty geographical miles below the equator.
Another phenomenon would now have passed before the observer's eye, and the molecules situated on the plane of the equator, escaping like a stone from a sling of which the cord had suddenly snapped, would have formed around the sun sundry concentric rings resembling that of Saturn.
The change in vegetation below showed me that we were rapidly nearing the equator.