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aclinic line

[ey-klin-ik] /eɪˈklɪn ɪk/
noun
1.
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
1840-1850
1840-50; < Greek aklin(ḗs) not bending (a- a-6 + klin-, variant stem of klī́nein to bend) + -ic
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  • aclinic line, the magnetic equator, along which the needle always remains horizontal.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
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aclinic line

/əˈklɪnɪk/
noun
1.
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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