The highest point of something, as of a cone or triangle, or the maximum latitude (vertex) of a great circle.


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STEM

The upright bow frame forming the apex of the intersection of the forward sides of a ship

DRUM GATE

A movable crest gate in the form of an arc hinged at the apex and operated by reservoir pressure to open and close a spillway.

GRID PARALLEL

A line parallel to a grid equator, connecting all points of equal grid latitude

INDUCED MAGNETISM

The magnetism acquired by soft iron while it is in a magnetic field. Soft iron will lose its induced magnetism when it is removed from a magnetic field. The strength and polarity of the induced magnetism will alter immediately as its magnetic latitude, or its orientation in a magnetic field, is changed. The induced mag- netism has an immediate effect upon the magnetic compass as the magnetic latitude or heading of a craft changes.

JET STREAM

Relatively strong winds (50 knots or greater) concentrated in a narrow stream in the atmosphere. It usually refers only to a quasi- horizontal stream of maximum winds imbedded in the middle latitude westerlies, and concentrated in the high troposphere.

LATITUDE

The distance north or south of the equator measured and expressed in degrees.

LATITUDE FACTOR

The change in latitude along a celestial line of position per 1' change in longitude. The change in longitude for a 1' change in latitude is called LONGITUDE FACTOR.

ALTITUDE AZIMUTH

An azimuth determined by solution of the naviga- tional triangle with altitude, declination, and latitude given. A time azimuth is computed with meridian angle, declination, and latitude given. A time and altitude azimuth is computed with meridian angle, declination, and altitude given

AIR-MASS CLASSIFICATION

Air masses are classified according to their source regions. Four such regions are generally recognized- (1) equatorial (E), the doldrum area between the north and south trades; (2) tropical (T), the trade wind and lower temperate regions, (3) polar (P), the higher temperate latitudes; and (4) Arctic or Antarctic (A), the north or south polar regions of ice and snow. This classification is a general indication of relative temperature, as well as latitude of origin. Air masses are further classified as maritime (m) or continental (c), depending upon whether they form over water or land. This classification is an indication of the relative moisture content of the air mass. A third classification sometimes applied to tropical and polar air masses indicates whether the air mass is warm (w) or cold (k) relative to the underlying surface. The w and k classifications are primarily indications of stability, cold air being more stable.

ASSUMED LATITUDE

The latitude at which an observer is assumed to be located for an observation or computation, as the latitude of an assumed position or the latitude used for determining the longitude of time sight. Also called CHOSEN LATITUDE.

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