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binnacle

a housing for a ship's compass
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binnacle

[′bin·ə·kəl]
(naval architecture)
A stand, case, or box for a ship's magnetic compass, which may contain nonmagnetic gear such as a lamp.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

binnacle

An obsolete term for a dwelling place.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.