compass course


nounNautical.
  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

1
First recorded in 1850–55

Words Nearby compass course

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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