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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for compass course

  • Altamont, at the controls, waited until they had gained five thousand feet, then turned on a compass-course for Colony Three.

    The Return|H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire
  • I'll stand by the helm and you can sing out the compass-course as you re eating.

    The Dreadnought of the Air|Percy F. Westerman