Definition for binnacle (2 of 2)
New York State Older Use.
Examples from the Web for binnacle
A little forward of amidships was a small deck cabin containing a brass wheel and binnacle.The Pit Prop Syndicate|Freeman Wills Crofts
Anon the captain glanced at the pale, set face of the pilot, on which the diffused light from the binnacle lantern feebly shone.Adventures in Many Lands|Various
Tamango remained motionless, leaning on the binnacle, his face buried in his folded arms.Abb Aubain and Mosaics|Prosper Mrime
The captain opened the binnacle, and headed the Blanchita to the north.Four Young Explorers|Oliver Optic
The man at the wheel was looking down into the binnacle and Sears took her hand.Fair Harbor|Joseph Crosby Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for binnacle
Word Origin for binnacle
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).