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Flinders bar

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  1. a bar of soft iron, mounted vertically beneath a compass to compensate for vertical magnetic currents.
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Origin of Flinders bar

First recorded in 1880–85; named after M. Flinders
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Flinders bar

noun
  1. nautical a bar of soft iron mounted on a binnacle to compensate for local magnetism causing error to the compass
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Word Origin

C19: named after Matthew Flinders (died 1814), English navigator
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