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compass course

noun, Nautical.
a course whose bearing is relative to the meridian as given by the navigator's compass, no compensation being made for variation or deviation.
Origin of compass course
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I'll stand by the helm and you can sing out the compass-course as you re eating.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • Altamont, at the controls, waited until they had gained five thousand feet, then turned on a compass-course for Colony Three.

    The Return H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire

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