binnacle

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Earlier bittacle, from French habitacle. Or from Spanish bitacula or Portuguese bitacola, both from Latin habitaculum (little dwelling place).[1] Compare Spanish bitácora.

Noun[edit]

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 is also stowed there.
  2. The instrument cluster on a car or motorcycle.

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References[edit]

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