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magnetic needle

n.
A slender bar of magnetized steel usually suspended on a low-friction mounting and used in various instruments, especially in the magnetic compass, to indicate the direction of the earth's magnetic poles.
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magnetic needle

n
(General Physics) a slender magnetized rod used in certain instruments, such as the magnetic compass, for indicating the direction of a magnetic field
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magnet′ic nee′dle


n.
a slender magnetized steel rod that when adjusted to swing in a horizontal plane, as in a compass, indicates the direction of the earth's magnetic fields.
[1840–50]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.magnetic needle - a slender magnet suspended in a magnetic compass on a mounting with little frictionmagnetic 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
magnet - (physics) a device that attracts iron and produces a magnetic field
magnetic compass - compass based on an indicator (as a magnetic needle) that points to the magnetic north
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He broke into the long easy lope, and went on, hour after hour, never at loss for the tangled way, heading straight home through strange country with a certitude of direction that put man and his magnetic needle to shame.
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Rotate your body until the magnetic needle is aligned with the orienting arrows in the compass housing, which now points to your desired direction.
It has a magnetic needle that points to the magnetic north pole.
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Also be aware of metal near the compass that may influence the magnetic needle.