binnacle

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EtymologyEdit

Corruption of earlier bittacle, from French habitacle. Or from obsolete Spanish or Portuguese bitácula, both from Late Latin habitāculum (little dwelling place).[1] Compare modern Spanish bitácora.

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NounEdit

binnacle (plural binnacles)

  1. (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 are also stowed there.
  2. The instrument cluster on a car or motorcycle.

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  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2021) , “binnacle”, in Online Etymology Dictionary