a line on the earth's surface, passing in the direction of the horizontal component of the earth's magnetic field.
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How to use magnetic meridian in a sentence
This direction, which the meteor must have followed, is exactly that of the magnetic meridian, which is a remarkable result.The Rain Cloud | Anonymous
The dip was on the increase 89 degrees 25' and the declination swung to 40 degrees east of the magnetic meridian.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
Dr. Hooke, 1684, remarked that steel or iron was magnetized when heated to redness and placed in the magnetic meridian.
We wished to avoid the tsetse of our former path, so kept a course on the magnetic meridian from Lurilopepe.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa | David Livingstone
The vertical plane passing through the longitudinal axis of such a needle is known as the magnetic meridian.
British Dictionary definitions for magnetic meridian
a continuous imaginary line around the surface of the earth passing through both magnetic poles
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Scientific definitions for magnetic meridian
An imaginary reference line passing through both geomagnetic poles of the Earth, used in models and maps of the Earth's magnetic field.
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