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magnetic north

north as indicated by a magnetic compass, differing in most places from true north.
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  • They also give information on the direction of magnetic north.
  • magnetic north becoming south, and south becoming north.
  • And, when grazing or resting, cows tended to face either magnetic north or south.
  • Using gyroscopes and accelerometers, the controller orients itself to the magnetic north, and senses the direction it is pointing.
  • Magnetic declination, sometimes called magnetic variation, is the angle between magnetic north and true north.
  • Bearings on older plans are based on magnetic north.
British Dictionary definitions for magnetic north

magnetic north

the direction in which a compass needle points, at an angle (the declination) from the direction of true (geographic) north
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magnetic north in Science
magnetic north  
The direction toward which the north-seeking arrow of a compass points. ◇ The magnetic north pole is the northern pole of the Earth's magnetic field and changes slightly in response to variations in the Earth's magnetism. The current magnetic north pole is located in the Arctic Islands of Canada. Compare geographic north.
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magnetic north in Culture

magnetic north definition

The direction of the north magnetic pole.

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