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aclinic line

[ey-klin-ik] /eɪˈklɪn ɪk/
an imaginary line on the surface of the earth, close and approximately parallel to the equator, connecting all those points over which a magnetic needle shows no inclination from the horizontal.
Also called magnetic equator.
Origin of aclinic line
1840-50; < Greek aklin(ḗs) not bending (a- a-6 + klin-, variant stem of klī́nein to bend) + -ic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • aclinic line, the magnetic equator, along which the needle always remains horizontal.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
British Dictionary definitions for aclinic line

aclinic line

another name for magnetic equator
Word Origin
C19: aclinic, from Greek aklinēs not bending, from a-1 + klinein to bend, lean
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