aclinic line

[ ey-klin-ik ]
/ eɪˈklɪn ɪk /

noun

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.

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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

Words nearby aclinic line

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British Dictionary definitions for aclinic line

aclinic line
/ (əˈklɪnɪk) /

noun

another name for magnetic equator

Word Origin for aclinic line

C19: aclinic, from Greek aklinēs not bending, from a- 1 + klinein to bend, lean
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