binnacle

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Etymology[edit]

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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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.
    • 1811, The Tradesman (volume 7, page 420)
      The lamp, or candle, which lights the binnacle, is placed in the cabin, of course the expence of one light is saved, and all the inconveniences of blowing out in a squally night, and likewise the trouble of trimming the lamp, are avoided.
  2. The instrument cluster on a car or motorcycle.

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  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “binnacle”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.