Binnacle meaning

bĭnə-kəl
(nautical) The wooden housing for a ship's compass, with its corrector magnets and illuminating arrangements; the log and other equipment for measuring the ship's speed is also stowed there.
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A case that supports and protects a ship's compass, located near the helm.
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The upright, cylindrical stand holding a ship's compass, usually located near the helm.
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The instrument cluster on a car or motorcycle.
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Origin of binnacle

  • Alteration of Middle English bitakille from Old Spanish bitácula or from Old Portuguese bitácola both from Latin habitāculum habitation from habitāre to inhabit ghabh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Earlier bittacle, from French habitacle. Or from Spanish bitacula or Portuguese bitacola, both from Latin habitaculum (“little dwelling place”). Compare Spanish bitácora.

    From Wiktionary