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  1. noting, pertaining to, or according to loxodromes or rhumb lines.
  2. noting or pertaining to a map projection, as Mercator's projection, in which rhumb lines appear as straight lines.
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Also lox·o·drom·i·cal.

Origin of loxodromic

1695–1705; < Greek loxó(s) slanting, crosswise + dromikós of a course; see -drome, -ic
Related formslox·o·drom·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·lox·o·drom·ic, adjectivenon·lox·o·drom·i·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for loxodromic

Historical Examples

  • Wind roses are numerous, from which the usual direction or loxodromic lines radiate.

    Terrestrial and Celestial Globes Vol II

    Edward Luther Stevenson

British Dictionary definitions for loxodromic



  1. of or relating to rhumb lines or to map projections on which rhumb lines appear straight, as on a Mercator projection
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Derived Formsloxodromically, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Greek loxos oblique + dromikos relating to a course
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