compass course

  1. 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

Words Nearby compass course Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use compass course in a sentence

  • 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
  • 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
  • Steering the boat on a compass course, Orloff devoted his whole attention to his task.

    A Sub and a Submarine | Percy F. Westerman
  • Complete rule for converting a true course into a compass course:1.

    Lectures in Navigation | Ernest Gallaudet Draper
  • He knew that the ocean was off to the west thirty or so miles and he could reach it by flying a compass course.

    Bill Bruce on Forest Patrol | Henry Harley Arnold