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true north

noun, Navigation, Surveying
the direction of the north pole from a given point. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for true north
  • But they were not pointing to true north, which they could have located using the sun as reference.
  • His intention to write well remained his true north.
  • Magnetic declination, sometimes called magnetic variation, is the angle between magnetic north and true north.
  • Magnetic declination is the angle between magnetic north and true north.
  • Describe the magnitude of the eccentricity by including a sketch and measurements, noting the alignment from true north.
  • Most surveys will need to be rotated due to differences between magnetic and true north and other inaccuracies.
  • The rise and set azimuths show the angle that the sun rises and sets with respect to true north.
  • Wind directions are always reported with respect to true north.
British Dictionary definitions for true north

true north

the direction from any point along a meridian towards the North Pole Also called geographic north Compare magnetic north
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Contemporary definitions for true north

the direction of the geographical North Pole from a given point


True north corresponds to the North Pole and magnetic north corresponds to the north magnetic pole.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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true north in Science
true north  
See geographic north.
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