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compass course

noun, Nautical.
a course whose bearing is relative to the meridian as given by the navigator's compass, no compensation being made for variation or deviation.
Origin of compass course
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • That would have meant plotting a compass course around a turn.

  • "It's not coming from any compass course," said Terry shortly.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • I lost them immediately but took a compass course in the direction we were headed.

    Flying for France James R. McConnell
  • At 13,000 feet I leveled out and assumed a compass course for Wichita, Kan.

    Test Pilot David Goodger (
  • Rick set a compass course for St. Thomas, flying just under the clouds.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • On board ship dead reckoning is the compass course for direction and the reading of the log for distance.

    The North Pole Robert E. Peary
  • The main-sheet was paid out as Jack bore away to take the compass course for Cobourg.

    Geoffrey Hampstead Thomas Stinson Jarvis
  • For a while they flew along above the cloud, following the compass course.

    Bill Bruce on Forest Patrol

    Henry Harley Arnold
  • Rick thought that one over as he climbed out of the valley and set a compass course south to Baguio.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
  • There was no apparent road, but Sandy chose a compass course between the sage for the first few miles, then skirted the mesquite.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn

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