[ ruhm, ruhmb ]
/ rʌm, rʌmb /

noun Navigation.

a point of the compass.

Origin of rhumb

1570–80; < Spanish rumbo < Latin rhombus rhombus
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Examples from the Web for rhumb

  • Rhumb lines are drawn from numerous centers over the surface of the terrestrial globe.

  • A term when a look-out man announces a rhumb or bearing of any object in this quarter.

    The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
  • Rhumb Line, a circle on the earth's surface making a given angle with the meridian; applied to the course of a ship in navigation.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia|Edited by Rev. James Wood

British Dictionary definitions for rhumb


/ (rʌm) /


short for rhumb line
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