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binnacle

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[ bin-uh-kuhl ]
/ ˈbɪn ə kəl /
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noun Nautical.
a stand or enclosure of wood or nonmagnetic metal for supporting and housing a compass.
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Origin of binnacle

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1615–25; bin + (bitt)acle (late Middle English bitakille) <Portuguese bitacola<Latin habitāculum lodge, equivalent to habitā- (see inhabit) + -culum-cule2

Other definitions for binnacle (2 of 2)

binnacle2
[ bin-uh-kuhl ]
/ ˈbɪn ə kəl /

New York State Older Use.
a side branch of a river; millrace.

Origin of binnacle

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1855–60, Americanism; probably folk-etymological spelling of New York Dutch *binnekil, equivalent to Dutch binne(n) inner, interior (see ben1) + kil channel; see kill2
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British Dictionary definitions for binnacle

binnacle
/ (ˈbɪnəkəl) /

noun
a housing for a ship's compass

Word Origin for binnacle

C17: changed from C15 bitakle, from Portuguese bitácula, from Late Latin habitāculum dwelling-place, from Latin habitāre to inhabit; spelling influenced by bin
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