loxodromic curve
Rhumb Rhumb, n. [F. rumb, Sp. rumbo, or Pg. rumbo, rumo, probably fr. Gr. ??? a magic wheel, a whirling motion, hence applied to a point of the compass. See {Rhomb}.] (Navigation) A line which crosses successive meridians at a constant angle; -- called also {rhumb line}, and {loxodromic curve}. See {Loxodromic}. [1913 Webster]

{To sail on a rhumb}, to sail continuously on one course, following a rhumb line. [1913 Webster]


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  • Loxodromic curve — Loxodromic Lox o*drom ic, a. [Gr. ? slanting, oblique + ? a running, course; cf. F. loxodromique.] Pertaining to sailing on rhumb lines; as, loxodromic tables. [1913 Webster] {Loxodromic curve} or {Loxodromic line} (Geom.), a line on the surface… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • loxodromic curve — noun : rhumb line * * * loxodromic curve or loxodromic line, a line on the surface of a sphere cutting all meridians at the same angle, such as that formed by the path of a ship whose course is constantly directed to the same point of the compass …   Useful english dictionary

  • Loxodromic — Lox o*drom ic, a. [Gr. ? slanting, oblique + ? a running, course; cf. F. loxodromique.] Pertaining to sailing on rhumb lines; as, loxodromic tables. [1913 Webster] {Loxodromic curve} or {Loxodromic line} (Geom.), a line on the surface of a sphere …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Loxodromic line — Loxodromic Lox o*drom ic, a. [Gr. ? slanting, oblique + ? a running, course; cf. F. loxodromique.] Pertaining to sailing on rhumb lines; as, loxodromic tables. [1913 Webster] {Loxodromic curve} or {Loxodromic line} (Geom.), a line on the surface… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • loxodromic line — loxodromic curve or loxodromic line, a line on the surface of a sphere cutting all meridians at the same angle, such as that formed by the path of a ship whose course is constantly directed to the same point of the compass in a direction oblique… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rhumb line — 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 • Syn: ↑rhumb, ↑loxodrome • Hypernyms: ↑line * * * ˈrəm|līn noun : a line on the surface of the earth …   Useful english dictionary

  • Loxodromism — Lox*od ro*mism, n. The act or process of tracing a loxodromic curve; the act of moving as if in a loxodromic curve. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rhumb — Rhumb, n. [F. rumb, Sp. rumbo, or Pg. rumbo, rumo, probably fr. Gr. ??? a magic wheel, a whirling motion, hence applied to a point of the compass. See {Rhomb}.] (Navigation) A line which crosses successive meridians at a constant angle; called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rhumb line — Rhumb Rhumb, n. [F. rumb, Sp. rumbo, or Pg. rumbo, rumo, probably fr. Gr. ??? a magic wheel, a whirling motion, hence applied to a point of the compass. See {Rhomb}.] (Navigation) A line which crosses successive meridians at a constant angle;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To sail on a rhumb — Rhumb Rhumb, n. [F. rumb, Sp. rumbo, or Pg. rumbo, rumo, probably fr. Gr. ??? a magic wheel, a whirling motion, hence applied to a point of the compass. See {Rhomb}.] (Navigation) A line which crosses successive meridians at a constant angle;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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