rhumb line


: a line on the surface of the earth that follows a single compass bearing and makes equal oblique angles with all meridians

called also loxodrome

Examples of rhumb line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They are known for distinctive rhumb lines that radiate out from various points in the ocean in the direction of wind or compass points to help navigators plot their course. Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2023 Other years, sailing the rhumb line directly to the finish, and thereby sailing fewer miles, works best. Michael Lawler, latimes.com, 24 Apr. 2018

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Word History


Spanish rumbo

First Known Use

1669, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rhumb line was in 1669

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“Rhumb line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhumb%20line. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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