magnetic north
noun Date: 1812 the northerly direction in the earth's magnetic field indicated by the north-seeking pole of a compass needle

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  • magnetic north — n. The direction in which the north pointing end of a compass needle points; at low latitudes it is close to geographic (true) north, but deviates substantially from true north as one nears the north pole. Syn: north, compass north. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • magnetic north — ► NOUN ▪ the direction in which the north end of a compass needle will point in response to the earth s magnetic field …   English terms dictionary

  • magnetic north — n. the direction toward which a magnetic needle points: in most places it is not true north …   English World dictionary

  • magnetic north — noun the direction in which a compass needle points • Syn: ↑north, ↑compass north • Hypernyms: ↑direction * * * noun [noncount] : the direction or area to the north toward which the needle of a compass points compare ↑true north * * * magˌnetic… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Magnetic North — noun At a given point, the direction in which the magnetic North Pole of the Earth lies …   Wiktionary

  • magnetic north — magnetinė šiaurė statusas T sritis Gynyba apibrėžtis Kryptis, kurią rodo laisvai besisukanti ant ašies įmagnetinta adata, veikiama tiktai Žemės magnetinio lauko; šiaurės krypties rodyklė. atitikmenys: angl. magnetic north pranc. nord magnétique… …   NATO terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • magnetic north — north as indicated by a magnetic compass, differing in most places from true north. [1805 15] * * * …   Universalium

  • magnetic north —    The direction to the north magnetic pole at a given place and time. This differs from the direction towards which the north end of a compass points by a small individual compass error and by the effect of any local magnetic attraction [25] …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • magnetic north — magnet′ic north′ n. geo north as indicated by a magnetic compass, differing in most places from true north • Etymology: 1805–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • magnetic north — The direction indicated by the north seeking pole of a freely suspended magnetic needle influenced only by the earth’s magnetic field …   Aviation dictionary

  • magnetic north — area indicated as north by a magnetic compass (not truly north) …   English contemporary dictionary

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