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Flinders bar

noun, Navigation.
a bar of soft iron, mounted vertically beneath a compass to compensate for vertical magnetic currents.
Origin of Flinders bar
First recorded in 1880-85; named after M. Flinders Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Flinders bar

(nautical) a bar of soft iron mounted on a binnacle to compensate for local magnetism causing error to the compass
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C19: named after Matthew Flinders (died 1814), English navigator
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