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; -- 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 — 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

  • 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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