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magnetic compass

n.
An instrument that uses a magnetized steel bar to indicate direction relative to the earth's magnetic poles.
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magnetic compass

n
(General Physics) a compass containing a magnetic needle pivoted in a horizontal plane, that indicates the direction of magnetic north at points on the earth's surface
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magnetic compass

An instrument containing a freely suspended magnetic element which displays the direction of the horizontal component of the Earth's magnetic field at the point of observation.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.magnetic compass - compass based on an indicator (as a magnetic needle) that points to the magnetic northmagnetic compass - compass based on an indicator (as a magnetic needle) that points to the magnetic north
compass - navigational instrument for finding directions
compass card, mariner's compass - compass in the form of a card that rotates so that 0 degrees or North points to magnetic north
magnetic needle - a slender magnet suspended in a magnetic compass on a mounting with little friction; used to indicate the direction of the earth's magnetic pole
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Translations
方位磁針
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