- a stand or enclosure of wood or nonmagnetic metal for supporting and housing a compass.
Origin of binnacle1
- a side branch of a river; millrace.
Origin of binnacle2
Examples from the Web for binnacle
At last he turned onto the bridge and moved toward the binnacle light.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
The man at the wheel was looking down into the binnacle and Sears took her hand.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
The coat was hanging from the nail, within six inches of the binnacle.End of the Tether
"Throw the cover over the binnacle," said Lingard in his duty voice.The Rescue
He put his head under his wing where he sat on the binnacle.The Magic City
- a housing for a ship's compass
Word Origin and History for binnacle
"wooden box for a ship's compass," c.1750, corruption of bittacle (1620s), which is probably from Spanish bitacula or Portuguese bitacola, both from Latin habitaculum "little dwelling place," from habitare "to inhabit" (see habit).