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

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In order to make sense of this information a reference model like the WMM is needed to correct the measurements of magnetic north made by your phone to True North. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Government Shutdown Is Messing with North," 15 Jan. 2019 But this three-bedroom house, designed for two astronomy photographers and positioned to face the magnetic north like the needle of a compass, is a point of convergence., "Today: Russia, the Slapdown and the Silence," 27 Mar. 2018 The three-bedroom house was designed for two astronomy photographers and built to face magnetic north. Neal J. Leitereg And Lauren Beale,, "Hot Property: A potpourri of sorts," 31 Mar. 2018 The three-bedroom house was designed for two astronomy photographers and built to face the magnetic north like the needle of a compass. Neal J. Leitereg,, "Home of the Week: Unusual pyramid house in Malibu takes its cues from the sun and moon," 24 Mar. 2018 As Wired explains, the magnetic North Pole can move by as much as 40 miles a year. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Airports Keep Renaming Runways for a Peculiar Reason: Magnetism," 20 Jan. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of magnetic north

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

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