(nautical) Pertaining to motion at a constant angle to the meridians; on a set compass bearing.
Origin of loxodromic
From Frenchloxodromique, from Ancient Greek λοξος (loksos, “oblique”) + δρομος (dromos, “course”).
Loxodromic Sentence Examples
These orthodromic distances are of course shorter than those measured along a loxodromic line, which intersects all parallels at the same angle.
The compass may of course have been used for improving these charts, but they originated without its aid, and it is therefore misleading to describe them as Compass or Loxodromic charts, and they are now known as Portolano charts.
In his investigations respecting cycloidal lines and various spiral curves, his attention was directed to the loxodromic and logarithmic spirals, in the last of which he took particular interest from its remarkable property of reproducing itself under a variety of conditions.
This proposition is the basis of the "great circle sailing" of navigators, and the arc of the great circle is called the "rhumbline" or "loxodromic curve."