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radio compass

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noun
  1. a radio receiver with a directional antenna for determining the bearing of the receiver from a radio transmitter.
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Origin of radio compass

First recorded in 1915–20
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Examples from the Web for radio compass

Historical Examples

  • Instantly his hands flew to the radio-compass as he muttered.

    On the Yukon Trail

    Roy J. Snell

  • The man he had been sent to track down by means of the radio-compass was coming south over the trail.

    On the Yukon Trail

    Roy J. Snell

  • The man, so the radio-compass had said, had taken the trail which led straight away toward the Arctic Ocean.

    On the Yukon Trail

    Roy J. Snell

  • “Got—gotta get him,” he mumbled as his slim fingers caressed his radio-compass coil.

    On the Yukon Trail

    Roy J. Snell

  • Directions are difficult at best on Venus, and his radio-compass proved faulty.

    Shock Treatment

    Stanley Mullen


British Dictionary definitions for radio compass

radio compass

noun
  1. any navigational device that gives a bearing by determining the direction of incoming radio waves transmitted from a particular radio station or beaconSee also goniometer (def. 2)
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