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magnetic north

north as indicated by a magnetic compass, differing in most places from true north.
Origin of magnetic north
1805-15 Unabridged
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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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