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Meaning of RHUMB

Pronunciation:  rum

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a line on a sphere that cuts all meridians at the same angle; the path taken by a ship or plane that maintains a constant compass direction

RHUMB is a 5 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: loxodrome, rhumb line
 See Also: line



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Rhumb\, n. [F. rumb, Sp. rumbo, or Pg. rumbo, rumo,
probably fr. Gr. ??? a magic wheel, a whirling motion, hence
applied to a point of the compass. See {Rhomb}.] (Navigation)
A line which crosses successive meridians at a constant
angle; -- called also {rhumb line}, and {loxodromic curve}.
See {Loxodromic}.

{To sail on a rhumb}, to sail continuously on one course,
   following a rhumb line.