magnetic declination

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Nearby words

  1. magnetic concentration,
  2. magnetic confinement,
  3. magnetic constant,
  4. magnetic core,
  5. magnetic course,
  6. magnetic dip,
  7. magnetic dipole,
  8. magnetic dipole moment,
  9. magnetic disk,
  10. magnetic domain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for magnetic declination

magnetic declination


the angle that a compass needle makes with the direction of the geographical north pole at any given point on the earth's surfaceAlso called: declination, magnetic variation
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Science definitions for magnetic declination

magnetic declination

The horizontal angle between the true geographic North Pole and the magnetic north pole, as figured from a specific point on the Earth. Compare magnetic inclination.
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