dip, angle of dip, magnetic dip, magnetic inclination, inclination(noun)
(physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon
The angle between magnetic north and the horizontal (as shown by a compass held vertically).
Magnetic dip, dip angle, or magnetic inclination is the angle made with the horizontal by the compass needle of a vertically held compass. This angle varies at different points on the Earth's surface. Positive values of inclination indicate that the magnetic field of the Earth is pointing downward, into the Earth, at the point of measurement. The value can be measured with an instrument typically known as a dip circle. Dip angle was discovered by the engineer Georg Hartmann in 1544.
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
The inclination from the horizontal assumed by a magnetic needle free to move in the vertical plane. (See Magnetic Elements.) The angle of dip or inclination is entirely a function of the earth, not of the needle.
The numerical value of magnetic dip in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of magnetic dip in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Images & Illustrations of magnetic dip
Find a translation for the magnetic dip definition in other languages:
Select another language:
Discuss these magnetic dip definitions with the community:
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"magnetic dip." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 21 Jul 2017. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/magnetic dip>.