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radio compass

a radio receiver with a directional antenna for determining the bearing of the receiver from a radio transmitter.
Origin of radio compass
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Directions are difficult at best on Venus, and his radio-compass proved faulty.

    Shock Treatment Stanley Mullen
  • The man he had been sent to track down by means of the radio-compass was coming south over the trail.

    On the Yukon Trail Roy J. Snell
  • A number of radio-compass stations have been located around the entrance and approach to New York Harbor.

    Inventions of the Great War A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
  • Ill go over to the radio-compass and listen and you send and see if I hear anything.

  • By a single move of the hand, Coles Masters indicated the radio-compass he had been listening in on.

  • He adjusted the coil of a radio-compass here, another there and still another here.

  • Instantly his hands flew to the radio-compass as he muttered.

    On the Yukon Trail Roy J. Snell
  • Automatically Curlie's fingers moved the radio-compass backward and forward while his37 mind gauged the distance.

  • “Got—gotta get him,” he mumbled as his slim fingers caressed his radio-compass coil.

    On the Yukon Trail Roy J. Snell
  • The man, so the radio-compass had said, had taken the trail which led straight away toward the Arctic Ocean.

    On the Yukon Trail Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for radio-compass

radio compass

any navigational device that gives a bearing by determining the direction of incoming radio waves transmitted from a particular radio station or beacon See also goniometer (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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