The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Latitude \Lat"i*tude\, n. [F. latitude, L. latitudo, fr. latus
broad, wide, for older stlatus; perh. akin to E. strew.]
1. Extent from side to side, or distance sidewise from a
given point or line; breadth; width.
Provided the length do not exceed the latitude above
one third part. --Sir H.
2. Room; space; freedom from confinement or restraint; hence,
looseness; laxity; independence.
In human actions there are no degrees and precise
natural limits described, but a latitude is
indulged. --Jer. Taylor.
3. Extent or breadth of signification, application, etc.;
extent of deviation from a standard, as truth, style, etc.
No discreet man will believe Augustine's miracles,
in the latitude of monkish relations. --Fuller.
4. Extent; size; amplitude; scope.
I pretend not to treat of them in their full
5. (Geog.) Distance north or south of the equator, measured
on a meridian.
6. (Astron.) The angular distance of a heavenly body from the
Ascending latitude, Circle of latitude, Geographical
latitude, etc. See under Ascending. Circle, etc.
High latitude, that part of the earth's surface near either
pole, esp. that part within either the arctic or the
Low latitude, that part of the earth's surface which is
near the equator.