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1. A rhumb line.
2. One of the points of the mariner's compass.
[Possibly from Spanish or Portuguese rumbo, course, direction, ultimately from Latin rhombus, rhombus; see rhombus.]
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1. rhumb line.
2. a point of the compass.
[1570–80; < Sp rumbo < Latin rhombus rhombus]
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|Noun||1.||rhumb - 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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