angle of cut

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In navigation, the smaller angle at which two position lines on a chart intersect. The reliability of a fix from intersecting position lines depends on the angle of cut. When fixing a ship's position by cross bearings of two marks, the prudent navigator will try to select marks whose bearings differ by not less than 50°.

See also cocked hat.

See also cocked hat.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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