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binnacle


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  binnacle 
  n  :  a  nonmagnetic  housing  for  a  ship's  compass  (usually  in  front 
  of  the  helm) 




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