Share this entry

Share this page

rhumb

Line breaks: rhumb
Pronunciation: /rʌm
 
/

Definition of rhumb in English:

noun

Nautical
1 (also rhumb line) An imaginary line on the earth’s surface cutting all meridians at the same angle, used as the standard method of plotting a ship’s course on a chart.
Example sentences
  • Then, we'll sail on a rhumb line straight in and hope the only ships we meet are ours.
  • For the past ten hours Hornblower had overseen the changing of course from the larboard to the starboard tack, seeking to gain the latitude of Gibraltar, then sail straight in on a rhumb line.
  • ‘It has become a real tactical dual as to whether you'd go straight down the rhumb line (most direct route) or you go wide,’ Peter Campbell from Sydney's Cruising Yacht Club said.
2Any of the 32 points of the compass.

Origin

late 16th century: from French rumb (earlier ryn (de vent) 'point of the compass'), probably from Dutch ruim 'space, room'. The spelling change was due to association with Latin rhombus (see rhombus).

Definition of rhumb in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day peart
Pronunciation: pərt
adjective
lively; cheerful