What is another word for magnetic declination?

7 synonyms found


[ maɡnˈɛtɪk dɪklɪnˈe͡ɪʃən], [ maɡnˈɛtɪk dɪklɪnˈe‍ɪʃən], [ m_a_ɡ_n_ˈɛ_t_ɪ_k d_ɪ_k_l_ɪ_n_ˈeɪ_ʃ_ə_n]

Magnetic declination is the angle between magnetic north (the direction a compass needle points) and true north (the direction towards the North Pole). There are several synonyms to describe magnetic declination, including magnetic variation, compass variation, magnetic deviation, and geomagnetic declination. Magnetic variation is commonly used by mariners to describe the difference between true and magnetic north. Compass variation refers to the angular difference between true and magnetic north as measured by a compass. Magnetic deviation is used to describe the difference between the magnetic north indicated by a compass and the actual north. Finally, geomagnetic declination is used to describe the spatial variation of the Earth's magnetic field.

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How to use "Magnetic declination" in context?

Magnetic declination, also known as the variation of the compass, is the magnetic compass needle's deviation from true north. The magnetic declination varies from place to place on Earth, because the planet's magnetic field is not a uniform field.

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