Origin of octant
OTHER WORDS FROM octantoc·tan·tal [ok-tan-tl], /ɒkˈtæn tl/, adjective
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How to use octant in a sentence
Thus fig. 59 conveniently represents an octant of the wave surface, which cuts each coordinate plane in a circle and an ellipse.
It is the sextant or some member of the sextant family - such as the quadrant, octant, etc.Lectures in Navigation|Ernest Gallaudet Draper
A third staff (or an octant) was fixed at the end of the horizon-staff, and upon it the angle observed could be read off.
The third plane will lie horizontal or equatorial, and will divide each of these quarters into an upper and lower octant.The Whence and the Whither of Man|John Mason Tyler
Excluded, of course, are those instruments normally made of wood, such as the octant and the mariners quadrant.Early American Scientific Instruments and Their Makers|Silvio A. Bedini
British Dictionary definitions for octant
- any of the eight parts into which the three planes containing the Cartesian coordinate axes divide space
- an eighth part of a circle