Dip of the horizon

(Astron.) the angular depression of the seen or visible horizon below the true or natural horizon; the angle at the eye of an observer between a horizontal line and a tangent drawn from the eye to the surface of the ocean.
(Astron.) the vertical angle between the sensible horizon and a line to the visible horizon, the latter always being below the former.

See also: Dip, Horizon

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.