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Appendix I, Continued MEAN  TIME.—Time  based  upon  the rotation  of  Earth  relative  to  the  mean  Sun. MERCATOR   PROJECTION.—A conformal  cylindrical  map  projection  in which  the  surface  of  a  sphere  or  spheroid, such  as  Earth,  is  conceived  as  developed on  a  cylinder  tangent  along  the  equator. MERIDIAN.—A  north-south  reference line,  particularly  a  great  circle  through  the geographic  poles  of  Earth. MESSAGE.—Any  thought  briefly  stated  in plain  or  secret  language  in  a  form  suitable for  rapid  transmission. METER.—The  basic  unit  of  length  of  the metric  system,  equal  to  the  distance  at  0°C between  two  lines  on  a  standard platinum-iridium  bar. MICROSECOND.—One-millionth  of  a second. MILLIBARS.—A  unit  of  measure  of atmospheric  pressure. MINUTE.—The  sixtieth  part  of  a  degree  of arc. MODULATOR.—That  part  of  radio equipment  that  alters  the  amplitude, frequency,  or  phase  of  a  radio  signal  in accordance  with  speech  or  a  signal,  or  that regulates the length of a pulse. MORSE  CODE.—Dots  and  dashes  used  in communications  in  place  of  letters, numerals,  and  punctuation. MRM.—Distance  of  relative  movement. The  distance  along  the  relative  movement line  between  any  two  specified  points  or time. NAUTICAL  ALMANAC.—A  periodical publication  of  astronomical  statistics  useful to,  and  designed  primarily  for,  marine navigation,  particularly  the  American Nautical  Almanac  published  by  the  U.S. Naval  Observatory. NAUTICAL ASTRONOMY.—Navigational   astronomy. NAUTICAL  MILE.—A  unit  of  distance used  principally  in  navigation.  See  Knot. NAVIGATION.—The  process  of  directing the  movement  of  a  craft  from  one  point  to another. NEAP  TIDES.—The  tides  occurring  near the  times  of  first  and  last  quarter  of  the moon  when  the  range  of  tide  tends  to decrease. NIMBOSTRATUS.—A  dark,  low, shapeless  cloud  layer  (mean  upper  level below  6,500  feet),  usually  nearly  uniform; the typical rain cloud. NOMOGRAM.—A  diagram  showing  to scale  the  relationship  between  several variables  in  such  a  manner  that  the  value of  one  that  corresponds  to  known  values  of the  others  can  be  determined  graphically. NOT  UNDER  COMMAND.—A  ship disabled or uncontrollable. AI-8

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