magnetic north


Definition of magnetic north

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

Examples of magnetic north in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Storyteller Jeff Emtman documented his own experiences with the drifting magnetic north in rural northern Canada, for instance. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 13 June 2022 The Bermuda Triangle is one of two places on Earth where a compass will point to true north instead of magnetic north. Ashley Stimpson, Popular Mechanics, 18 Apr. 2022 In 2017, the magnetic north pole fell within 240 miles of the geographic north pole. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 7 Mar. 2022 The book is extremely easy to follow, guiding readers through everything from reading symbols and contours on topo maps, to the difference between true north and magnetic north, to using the night sky or flora and fauna to orient yourself. The Editors, Outside Online, 9 Mar. 2022 Earth’s magnetic north pole has shifted away from Canada and closer to Siberia at a rapid pace in recent years. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 7 Mar. 2022 The needle does not point at the actual geographical location of magnetic north. Kate S. Petersen, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2022 Magnetic declination is the difference between true north and magnetic north. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 1 Aug. 2017 Meanwhile, the magnetic north pole is shifting off its usual axis and no one in the scientific community can explain why. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 20 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of magnetic north

1812, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of magnetic north was in 1812

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Last Updated

25 Jun 2022

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“Magnetic north.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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