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[ruhm, ruhmb] /rʌm, rʌmb/
noun, Navigation.
a point of the compass.
Origin of rhumb
1570-80; < Spanish rumbo < Latin rhombus rhombus Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • rhumb lines are drawn from numerous centers over the surface of the terrestrial globe.

    Terrestrial and Celestial Globes Vol I Edward Luther Stevenson
  • A term when a look-out man announces a rhumb or bearing of any object in this quarter.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • rhumb Line, a circle on the earth's surface making a given angle with the meridian; applied to the course of a ship in navigation.

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


short for rhumb line
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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