magnetic north

noun

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 Its gunpowder propelled the first military rockets farther than javelin or arrow could fly; its compasses magically revealed magnetic north when the stars were hidden. The Economist, "Chinese technology With the state’s help, Chinese technology is booming," 27 Dec. 2019 The magnetic field reverses its polarity every several hundred thousand years, where the magnetic north pole resides at the geographic South Pole. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Earth's magnetic north pole is heading for Russia and scientists are puzzled," 18 Dec. 2019 The magnetic field reverses its polarity every several hundred thousand years, where the magnetic north pole resides at the geographic South Pole. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Earth's magnetic north pole is heading for Russia and scientists are puzzled," 18 Dec. 2019 The magnetic north pole has crossed the Prime Meridian in the newest update from the National Centers for Environmental Information and the British Geological Survey. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Magnetic North Pole Changes Time Zones, Just Keeps Drifting," 17 Dec. 2019 In the planet’s 4.6-billion-year history, the field has frequently flipped, swapping magnetic north and south, and some research suggests that another flip may be on the geological horizon. National Geographic, "Earth's magnetic field flips much more frequently than we thought," 2 Oct. 2019 Driskill-Smith said her father discovered that these sites, constructed primarily out of volcanic basalt, were aligned toward magnetic north — long before the compass was invented. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Sheldon Breiner dies; pioneer in magnetometry found 13-ton heads in jungle," 14 Nov. 2019 AvWeek reports that testing began in 2009 and continued through the 2010s, with the aircraft undergoing a graduation flight test, possibly over the magnetic North Pole, in 2017. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Air Force's Secretive New Drone Is a B-2 Lookalike," 25 Oct. 2019 Leading the expedition was the already famous James Clark Ross, who had been the first to stand atop the magnetic north pole. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Monty Python’ alum takes on tale of doomed Franklin expedition in new book," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of magnetic north

1812, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jan 2020

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“Magnetic north.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnetic%20north. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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magnetic north

noun

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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