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magnetic variation


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Differences in the earth's magnetic field in time and location.
  • n. See magnetic declination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. In navigation, at a given place and time, the horizontal angle between the true north and magnetic north measured east or west according to whether magnetic north lies east or west of true north.
  • n. In cartography, the annual change in direction of the horizontal component of the Earth’s magnetic field.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as magnetic declination.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north


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