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  1. [cartography] The horizontal angle, measured in degrees, between a baseline drawn from a center point and another line drawn from the same point. Normally, the baseline points true north and the angle is measured clockwise from the baseline. Media\azimuth.gif
  2. [analysis/geoprocessing] A compass direction. For example, in some GIS software, the direction from which a light source illuminates a surface is called the azimuth.
  3. [navigation] In navigation, the horizontal angle, measured in degrees, between a reference line drawn from a point and another line drawn from the same point to a point on the celestial sphere. Normally, the reference line points true north and the angle is measured clockwise from the reference line.

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