compass bearing


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compass bearing

[′käm·pəs ‚ber·iŋ]
(navigation)
Direction relative to north as indicated by a compass.
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He darted a look into the binnacle and took a hurried compass bearing of the sounds Jerry was making.
Before an hour had elapsed since the ship had begun to move, having occasion to ask the mate (he stood by my side) to take a compass bearing of the pagoda, I caught myself reaching up to his ear in whispers.
The exercise worked like this: I pointed in the direction of our compass bearing, then Brian and Sheila started walking through the palms, painstakingly feeling out each step.
To counter this, pick an obvious landmark--rock, tree, peak--as far ahead oil your compass bearing as you can see, put your compass away, and hike straight to the landmark, rather than stopping often and re shooting a bearing.
* The most obvious changes to the sticker design are the five C flag options, either alone or pairing it with new flags or boards: a green triangle, a red rectangle, a minus (-) sign and a plus (+) sign, which refer to mark changes, leg lengths or a compass bearing.
"They need the best possible guidance to do so and the hope is that this document, though not a road map, will serve as a compass bearing to help them."
The compass bearing was inalterably set for a secular republic, where religion could not be abolished or ever be lawfully established.
For the Bugis captain the SW or SSW reading of the needle (the 'navigational' part if we follow Ammarell's terminology) is not the central moment, but an amalgamation of bearings on landmarks, estimations of wind, current, and lee drift as well as the intended track of the vessel are considered and then pronounced in the form of a compass bearing which could guide the helmsman -- whom he also would expect to share these computations, as it must have been-in this case where the ship was on one of the most familiar headings for Baloaloang sailors.
It seems clear, however, that for at least some locations, the map relies on olfactory cues, and that the location of the sun may be used for establishing a compass bearing toward home.
This framework translates the Conservancy's broadly stated mission into a unifying articulation of common purpose and direction--a compass bearing to align the organization in taking the most effective conservation action to achieve tangible, lasting results.
The sister, for instance, was somebody who gave me a strong compass bearing on the protagonist, who was more amorphous and much less concrete for me at the outset.
That slight change in compass bearing allows me to see my country with fresh eyes, to search for Northern Lights, to feel a different pull along the veins of my arms.