rhumb

[ ruhm, ruhmb ]
/ rʌm, rʌmb /
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noun Navigation.

a point of the compass.

Nearby words

  1. rhotacism,
  2. rhotacize,
  3. rhotic,
  4. rhs,
  5. rhubarb,
  6. rhumb line,
  7. rhumb sailing,
  8. rhumba,
  9. rhumbatron,
  10. rhus

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

rhumb

/ (rʌm) /

noun

short for rhumb line
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