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English Dictionary: binnacle by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a nonmagnetic housing for a ship's compass (usually in front of the helm)
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Binnacle \Bin"na*cle\, n. [For bittacle, corrupted (perh. by
      influence of bin) fr. Pg. bitacola binnacle, fr. L.
      habitaculum dwelling place, fr. habitare to dwell. See
      {Habit}, and cf. {Bittacle}.] (Naut.)
      A case or box placed near the helmsman, containing the
      compass of a ship, and a light to show it at night. --Totten.
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