magnetic north

noun

Definition of magnetic north

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

1812

First Known Use of magnetic north

1812


MAGNETIC NORTH Defined for English Language Learners

magnetic north

noun

Definition of magnetic north for English Language Learners

  • : the direction or area to the north toward which the needle of a compass points


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