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binnacle (plural binnacles)
- (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.
- The instrument cluster on a car or motorcycle.
(nautical) the wooden housing for a ship's compass