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Princeton's WordNet

  1. magnetic declination, magnetic variation, variation(noun)

    the angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north

Wiktionary

  1. magnetic declination(Noun)

    The angle between the magnetic and geographical meridians at any place, expressed in degrees east or west to indicate the direction of magnetic north from true north. In nautical and aeronautical navigation, the term magnetic variation is used instead of magnetic declination and the angle is termed variation of the compass or magnetic variation. Magnetic declination is not otherwise synonymous with magnetic variation which refers to regular or irregular change with time of the magnetic declination, dip, or intensity.

Freebase

  1. Magnetic declination

    Magnetic declination is the angle between compass north and true north. The declination is positive when the magnetic north is east of true north. The term magnetic variation is a synonym, and is more often used in navigation. Isogonic lines are where the declination has the same value, and the lines where the declination is zero are called agonic lines. The lowercase Greek letter δ is frequently used as the symbol for magnetic declination. Somewhat more formally, Bowditch defines variation as “the angle between the magnetic and geographic meridians at any place, expressed in degrees and minutes east or west to indicate the direction of magnetic north from true north. The angle between magnetic and grid meridians is called grid magnetic angle, grid variation, or grivation. Called magnetic variation when a distinction is needed to prevent possible ambiguity. Also called magnetic declination.”

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Magnetic Declination

    The angular deviation of the magnetic needle, causing it to rest at an angle with the true meridian; the variation of the compass. (See Magnetic Elements.)

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. magnetic declination

    The angle between the magnetic and geographical meridians at any place, expressed in degrees east or west to indicate the direction of magnetic north from true north. In nautical and aeronautical navigation, the term magnetic variation is used instead of magnetic declination and the angle is termed variation of the compass or magnetic variation. Magnetic declination is not otherwise synonymous with magnetic variation which refers to regular or irregular change with time of the magnetic declination, dip, or intensity. See also magnetic variation.

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