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; -- 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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  • rhumb line — n. the course of a ship that keeps a constant compass direction, represented on a map, chart, or globe by a line that cuts across all meridians at the same angle …   English World dictionary

  • rhumb line — rhumb′ line n. navig. the path of a ship that maintains a constant compass direction • Etymology: 1660–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • Rhumb line — In navigation, a rhumb line (or loxodrome) is a line crossing all meridians at the same angle, i.e. a path of constant bearing. Unlike a great circle route (for which bearing is not constant), following a rhumb line requires turning the vehicle… …   Wikipedia

  • 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

  • rhumb line — A line on the surface of the earth that cuts all meridians at the same angle. It appears as a curved line on the surface of a sphere. Only one such line may be drawn through any two points. Although this is not the shortest distance, the… …   Aviation dictionary

  • rhumb line — a curve on the surface of a sphere that cuts all meridians at the same angle. It is the path taken by a vessel or aircraft that maintains a constant compass direction. Also called loxodrome, rhumb. [1660 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • rhumb line — noun Etymology: Spanish rumbo Date: 1669 a line on the surface of the earth that follows a single compass bearing and makes equal oblique angles with all meridians called also loxodrome …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • rhumb line — noun a) A line that cuts all meridians at the same angle. b) The path of a vessel that maintains a constant compass direction. Syn: loxodrome …   Wiktionary

  • Rhumb line — Die Loxodrome von A nach B schneidet alle Meridiane im konstante Winkel η Die Loxodrome (gr. loxos „schief“, dromos „Lauf“) ist eine Kurve auf einer Kugeloberfläche, die immer unter dem gleichen Winkel die Meridiane im …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • RHUMB LINE —    a circle on the earth s surface making a given angle with the meridian; applied to the course of a ship in navigation …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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