Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A rhumb line.
  • noun One of the points of the mariner's compass.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A vertical circle of the celestial sphere.
  • noun A point of the compass, a thirty-second part of the circle of the horizon, 11° 15' in azimuth.
  • noun The course of a ship constantly moving at the same angle to its meridian; a rhumb-line.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Navigation) A line which crosses successive meridians at a constant angle; -- called also rhumb line, and loxodromic curve. See loxodromic.
  • noun to sail continuously on one course, following a rhumb line.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun navigation A line which crosses successive meridians at a constant angle
  • noun navigation One of the 32 points of the compass (compass points)
  • noun navigation A unit of angular measure equal to 1/32nd of a circle or 11.25°

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

  • noun 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

Etymologies

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

[Possibly from Spanish or Portuguese rumbo, course, direction, ultimately from Latin rhombus, rhombus; see rhombus.]

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  • See also rhomb.

    October 14, 2008