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.
See also related terms for sphere.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
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.
The only time you would want to be slightly north of this rhumb line and closer to the Raoul would be in smooth water and/or under sea-breeze conditions, when the NE ocean sea breeze can get squeezed between Tasman Island and Cape Pillar (Tasman Passage), and slightly more pressure can result just to the north of the rhumb line.