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.
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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]
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rhumb′ line`


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