magnetic compass

  1. a compass having a magnetized needle generally in line with the magnetic poles of the earth.

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How to use magnetic compass in a sentence

  • Altogether, then, it is not surprising that the old magnetic compass is somewhat unreliable.

  • We found there a penknife, a small magnetic compass, and many other remnants of the fall.

  • The needle of a magnetic compass serves very well as a magnetoscope.

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British Dictionary definitions for magnetic compass

magnetic compass

  1. a compass containing a magnetic needle pivoted in a horizontal plane, that indicates the direction of magnetic north at points on the earth's surface

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