rhumb line

rhumb line
A line on the surface of the earth that cuts all meridians at the same angle. It appears as a curved line on the surface of a sphere. Only one such line may be drawn through any two points. Although this is not the shortest distance, the direction is constant. Normally, flights of less than 1,000 NM distance follow the rhumb-line track, whereas flights of a longer distance follow the great-circle track. Also called an equiangular spiral, loxodrome, loxodromic curve, or Mercator track.
A rhumb line crosses all meridians at the same angle.

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  • rhumb line — Rhumb Rhumb, n. [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}.] (Navigation) A line which crosses successive meridians at a constant angle;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rhumb line — n. the course of a ship that keeps a constant compass direction, represented on a map, chart, or globe by a line that cuts across all meridians at the same angle …   English World dictionary

  • rhumb line — rhumb′ line n. navig. the path of a ship that maintains a constant compass direction • Etymology: 1660–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • Rhumb line — In navigation, a rhumb line (or loxodrome) is a line crossing all meridians at the same angle, i.e. a path of constant bearing. Unlike a great circle route (for which bearing is not constant), following a rhumb line requires turning the vehicle… …   Wikipedia

  • rhumb line — noun 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 • Syn: ↑rhumb, ↑loxodrome • Hypernyms: ↑line * * * ˈrəm|līn noun : a line on the surface of the earth …   Useful english dictionary

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  • rhumb line — a curve on the surface of a sphere that cuts all meridians at the same angle. It is the path taken by a vessel or aircraft that maintains a constant compass direction. Also called loxodrome, rhumb. [1660 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • rhumb line — noun Etymology: Spanish rumbo Date: 1669 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • rhumb line — noun a) A line that cuts all meridians at the same angle. b) The path of a vessel that maintains a constant compass direction. Syn: loxodrome …   Wiktionary

  • Rhumb line — Die Loxodrome von A nach B schneidet alle Meridiane im konstante Winkel η Die Loxodrome (gr. loxos „schief“, dromos „Lauf“) ist eine Kurve auf einer Kugeloberfläche, die immer unter dem gleichen Winkel die Meridiane im …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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