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radio compass

a radio receiver with a directional antenna for determining the bearing of the receiver from a radio transmitter.
Origin of radio compass
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The only similar device in the field so far is the radio compass, but it is clumsy and unreliable.

  • "I never knew anything about radio compass stations before," announced Dick.

    Walter and the Wireless Sara Ware Bassett
  • Another development which is being used by the navigators flying the Atlantic is the radio compass.

    Opportunities in Aviation Arthur Sweetser
  • The radio compass is dependable day or night, and is said to be quite as reliable as a sextant or other navigating instruments.

    Opportunities in Aviation Arthur Sweetser
  • Bancroft got the message by accident--was overhauling the radio compass when he picked it up.

  • To catch a radiophone on wheels, Curlie had reasoned, one must mount his radio compass on wheels and pursue the offender.

British Dictionary definitions for radio compass

radio compass

any navigational device that gives a bearing by determining the direction of incoming radio waves transmitted from a particular radio station or beacon See also goniometer (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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