Azimuth

Definition of Azimuth

Az´i`muth
n.1.(Astron. & Geodesy) The quadrant of an azimuth circle.
Azimuth circle
one of the great circles of the sphere intersecting each other in the zenith and nadir, and cutting the horizon at right angles.
Azimuth compass
a compass resembling the mariner's compass, but having the card divided into degrees instead of rhumbs, and having vertical sights; used for taking the magnetic azimuth of a heavenly body, in order to find, by comparison with the true azimuth, the variation of the needle.
- Hutton.
Azimuth dial
a dial whose stile or gnomon is at right angles to the plane of the horizon.
Magnetic azimuth
an arc of the horizon, intercepted between the vertical circle passing through any object and the magnetic meridian. This is found by observing the object with an azimuth compass.
- Hutton.

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Cartesian coordinates, abscissa, aim, altitude, aspect, attitude, bearing, bearings, bent, celestial navigation, compass bearing, compass direction, coordinates, course, current, cylindrical coordinates, dead reckoning, declination, direction, direction line, drift, equator coordinates, exposure, false horizon, fix, frontage, heading, helmsmanship, horizon, inclination, latitude, lay, lee side, lie, line, line of direction, line of march, line of position, longitude, magnetic bearing, navigation, ordinate, orientation, pilotage, piloting, point, polar coordinates, position, position line, quarter, radio bearing, range, relative bearing, right ascension, run, sea line, sensible horizon, set, skyline, steerage, steering, tack, tendency, tenor, track, trend, true bearing, vector, visible horizon, way, weather side
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