What does the word latitude mean?

Usage examples for latitude

  1. In the meantime the hero of our story- if such a term by any latitude of meaning can be applied to one whose folly had brought him into such a prosaic and miserable plight- still lay in a heavy stupor on the lounge where Pat had thrown his form, that had been as limp and helpless as if it had become a mere body without a soul. – A Knight Of The Nineteenth Century by E. P. Roe
  2. On the 15th, believing that we could not possibly reach a port, we stood to the northward and kept in the latitude of Jamaica, hoping thus to fall in with a fleet of merchantmen under convoy of some ships of war, which we knew were to sail from Jamaica about that time. – Hurricane Hurry by W.H.G. Kingston