loxodrome


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lox·o·drome

 (lŏk′sə-drōm′)
[Greek loxos, slanting + Greek dromos, course.]

lox′o·drom′ic (-drŏm′ĭk), lox′o·drom′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
lox′o·drom′i·cal·ly adv.

loxodrome

(ˈlɒksəˌdrəʊm)
n
(Mathematics) maths an imaginary line on the surface of a sphere that crosses all meridians at the same angle, known also as a rhumb line
Also called: rhumb line

rhumb′ line`


n.
the path of a ship that maintains a constant compass direction.
[1660–70]

loxodrome

a rhumb line or curve on the surface of a sphere intersecting all meridians at the same angle; hence, the course of a ship or aircraft following a constant compass direction. — loxodromic, adj.
See also: Geography
a rhumb line or curve on the surface of a sphere intersecting all meridians at the same angle; hence, the course of a ship or aircraft following a constant compass direction. — loxodromic, adj.
See also: Ships
a rhumb line or curve on the surface of a sphere intersecting all meridians at the same angle; hence, the course of a ship or aircraft following a constant compass direction. — loxodromic, adj.
See also: Maps
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.loxodrome - a line on a sphere that cuts all meridians at the same angle; the path taken by a ship or plane that maintains a constant compass direction
line - a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
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A ship will follow a loxodrome, or rhumb line, by maintaining a constant compass reading that can only be plotted on a Mercator chart with accuracy.
Sands, formerly Adjunct Instructor in History for the University of Richmond, now works for Loxodrome History Consultants.
The shortest route between two points on the Earth's surface is along an orthodrome (a great circle, involving a changing geographic course) and not along a path of constant geographic course (a loxodrome or rhumb line).
The map is adorned with sketches including drawings of ships, sea monsters, compass roses surmounted by fleur-de-lis, and loxodromes in red, yellow and black.
This has the consequence that magnetic loxodromes (tracks with constant magnetic compass courses) curve unfavourably (prolonging flight distances) in the Taymyr sector, while they curve in a distance-saving way (compared to geographic loxodromes, i.