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binnacle definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a nonmagnetic housing for a ship's compass (usually in front of the helm)

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: alteration of Middle English bitakle, from Old Portuguese or Old Spanish; Old Portuguese bitácola & Old Spanish bitácula, from Latin habitaculum dwelling place, from habitare to inhabit — more at habitation Date: 1762 a housing for a ship's compass and a lamp

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. a built-in housing for a ship's compass. Etymology: earlier bittacle, ult. f. L habitaculum habitation f. habitare inhabit

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Binnacle Bin"na*cle, n. [For bittacle, corrupted (perh. by influence of bin) fr. Pg. bitacola binnacle, fr. L. habitaculum dwelling place, fr. habitare to dwell. See Habit, and cf. Bittacle.] (Naut.) A case or box placed near the helmsman, containing the compass of a ship, and a light to show it at night. --Totten.



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