magnetic compass definition

  • noun:
    • a musical instrument that utilizes a magnetized metal club to indicate path relative to the earth's magnetic poles.
    • (nautical) An instrument containing a freely suspended magnetized factor which displays the path of the horizontal element of the Earth’s magnetized field at the point of observance.
    • An device making use of a magnet (such as for example a magnetic needle) to indicate the path of magnetized north.
    • compass predicated on an indication (as a magnetic needle) that points toward magnetized north

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