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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rhumb line, rhumb, loxodromenoun

    a line on a sphere that cuts all meridians at the same angle; the path taken by a ship or plane that maintains a constant compass direction


  1. rhumbnoun

    A line which crosses successive meridians at a constant angle

  2. rhumbnoun

    One of the 32 points of the compass (compass points)

  3. rhumbnoun

    A unit of angular measure equal to 1/32nd of a circle or 11.25°


  1. rhumb

    A rhumb or rhumb line in navigation is a path of constant bearing, which crosses all meridians at the same angle. It represents a path of constant course that a ship or plane can follow over the Earth's surface in the direction of the line. A rhumb line appears as a straight line on a Mercator projection map.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rhumbnoun

    a line which crosses successive meridians at a constant angle; -- called also rhumb line, and loxodromic curve. See Loxodromic

  2. Etymology: [F. rumb, Sp. rumbo, or Pg. rumbo, rumo, probably fr. Gr. a magic wheel, a whirling motion, hence applied to a point of the compass. See Rhomb.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rhumb

    rumb, or rum, n. any vertical circle, hence any point of the compass.—ns. Rhumb′-line, a line which cuts all the meridians at the same angle; Rhumb′-sail′ing, the course of a vessel keeping straight on a rhumb-line. [Fr. rumb, a by-form of rhombe, through L., from Gr. rhombos, rhomb.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. rhumb

    A vertical circle of any given place, or the intersection of a part of such a circle with the horizon. Rhumbs, therefore, coincide with points of the world, or of the horizon; and hence seamen distinguish the rhumbs by the same names as the points and winds, as marked on the fly or card of the compass. The rhumb-line, therefore, is a line prolonged from any point of the compass in a nautical chart, except the four cardinal points; or it is a line which a ship, keeping in the same collateral point or rhumb, describes throughout its whole course.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rhumb in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rhumb in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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