rhumb line

noun

: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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

Etymology

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 8 Dec. 2022.

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