# rhumb line

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## rhumb line

n.
The path of a ship that maintains a fixed compass direction, shown on a map as a line crossing all meridians at the same angle. Also called loxodrome.

## rhumb line

n
1. (Mathematics) an imaginary line on the surface of a sphere, such as the earth, that intersects all meridians at the same angle
2. (Navigation) the course navigated by a vessel or aircraft that maintains a uniform compass heading
Often shortened to: rhumb
[C16: from Old Spanish rumbo, apparently from Middle Dutch ruum space, ship's hold, but also influenced by Latin rhombus]

## rhumb′ line`

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

## rhumb line

- 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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 rhumb line - 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 directionline - a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
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Using two big charts (now withdrawn) of the NSW and Tasmanian coast, I draw the rhumb line.
Rhumb line (loxodrome)--the straight line of constant bearing.
In particular, the flow of the geodesics and the rhumb line looks different depending on the method of the projections given by the strict formulae.
To use it, a pilot basically ignores the direct-to rhumb line course, as well as the great-circle, and bases his or her planning on the position of low- and high-pressure systems.
First off there's an album called The Rhumb Line from Ra Ra Riot who I was lucky enough to catch on their home turf at New York's Bowry Ballroom earlier this year.
Seals and dolphins played around the boat as it headed south, going slightly outside the rhumb line (the direct compass course or line to the finish in Ensenada) to try and avoid kelp and seek fresh wind.
Bowles is the managing director of Rhumb Line Energy, an advisory firm focused on strategy and business development in clean energy.
That year an early typhoon headed straight up the rhumb line from Hong Kong to Manila.

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