magnetic equator


: an imaginary line roughly parallel to the geographical equator and passing through those points where a magnetic needle has no dip

Examples of magnetic equator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among his many scientific feats, he is considered the first to attribute altitude sickness to a lack of oxygen, the first to discover the location of the magnetic equator and also the first to describe how human action impacts ecosystems and local climate. Sean Mowbray, Discover Magazine, 25 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of magnetic equator was in 1832

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“Magnetic equator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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