Definition of Magnetic variation

1. Noun. The angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north.

Exact synonyms: Magnetic Declination, Variation
Generic synonyms: Angle
Derivative terms: Vary

Definition of Magnetic variation

1. Noun. (context: military nautical navigation) In navigation, at a given place and time, the horizontal angle between the true north and magnetic north measured east or west according to whether magnetic north lies east or west of true north. ¹

2. Noun. (cartography) In cartography, the annual change in direction of the horizontal component of the Earth’s magnetic field. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Magnetic Variation

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magnetic thermometer
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Literary usage of Magnetic variation

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1. Year Book by Carnegie Institution of Washington (1920)
"This particular variation is termed here the "solar-eclipse magnetic variation." (6) The range of the solar-eclipse magnetic variation, according to the ..."

2. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1897)
"On the Lunar Diurnal magnetic variation at Toronto. ... On the Solar Magnetic Variation of the Magnetic Declination at Pékin,' 1860. 29. ..."

3. The Library of American Biography by Jared Sparks (1854)
"CHAPTER V. magnetic variation. — Cabot's early Observations. — Explains his Theory in Public to the King. — Bad Condition of English Commerce. ..."

4. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for by American Philosophical Society (1919)
"(c) The general character of the system causing the solar-eclipse magnetic variation is the reverse of that causing the daylight portion of the ..."

5. List and Catalogue of the Publications Issued by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic by Edward Lawver Burchard (1902)
"Investigation of the solar diurnal variation in the magnetic variation, and its annual inequality. Rept. 1860, app. 23,* pp. 293-312. Part III. ..."

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