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mag·netic com·pass

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  1. magnetic compassnoun

    compass based on an indicator (as a magnetic needle) that points to the magnetic north

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  1. magnetic compassnoun

    An instrument containing a freely suspended magnetic element which displays the direction of the horizontal component of the Earth's magnetic field at the point of observation.

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  1. magnetic compass

    A compass is a device that shows the cardinal directions used for navigation and geographic orientation. It commonly consists of a magnetized needle or other element, such as a compass card or compass rose, which can pivot to align itself with magnetic north. Other methods may be used, including gyroscopes, magnetometers, and GPS receivers. Compasses often show angles in degrees: north corresponds to 0°, and the angles increase clockwise, so east is 90°, south is 180°, and west is 270°. These numbers allow the compass to show azimuths or bearings which are commonly stated in degrees. If local variation between magnetic north and true north is known, then direction of magnetic north also gives direction of true north. Among the Four Great Inventions, the magnetic compass was first invented as a device for divination as early as the Chinese Han Dynasty (since c. 206 BC), and later adopted for navigation by the Song Dynasty Chinese during the 11th century. The first usage of a compass recorded in Western Europe and the Islamic world occurred around 1190.

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  1. magnetic compass

    A magnetic compass is a navigational instrument used to determine geographical direction. It features a magnetized needle that aligns itself with the Earth's magnetic field to point towards magnetic North. This device is widely used in aviation, shipping, and outdoor activities such as hiking and camping.

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  1. magnetic compass

    An instrument containing a freely suspended magnetic element which displays the direction of the horizontal component of the Earth

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of magnetic compass in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of magnetic compass in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5


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