# loxodrome

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## lox·o·drome

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

## 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.
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.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 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 directionline - a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
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* Rhumb line (loxodrome)--the straight line of constant bearing.
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 conclusion from previous studies in Siberia and Canada was that Arctic shorebirds (and perhaps also terns and jaegers) fly along great circle routes (orthodromes), rather than along constant geographic compass courses (loxodromes or rhumb lines) (Alerstam and Gudmundsson, 1999b; Alerstam et al., 2001).
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.

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