true north

noun Navigation, Surveying.
the direction of the north pole from a given point.
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true north
 
n
Compare magnetic north Also called: geographic north the direction from any point along a meridian towards the North Pole

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Main Entry:  true north
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the direction of the geographical North Pole from a given point
Example:  True north corresponds to the North Pole and magnetic north corresponds to the north magnetic pole.
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true north  
See geographic north.
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Example sentences
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.
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