rhumb line


Definition of 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 Other years, sailing the rhumb line directly to the finish, and thereby sailing fewer miles, works best. Michael Lawler, latimes.com, "Newport to Ensenada is about boats, crew, course and those after-race margaritas," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of rhumb line

1669, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rhumb line

Spanish rumbo

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“Rhumb line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhumb%20line. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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