Part of speech: noun

A case for a ship's compass.

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Usage examples "binnacle":

  1. Immediately Lanyard turned to the binnacle. - "Alias The Lone Wolf", Louis Joseph Vance.
  2. Captain Dall and Will, who had been standing near the binnacle, seized and clung to the wheel. - "Sunk at Sea", R.M. Ballantyne.
  3. I very often had myself bound near the binnacle, and allowed the tremendous waves to break over me, in order to absorb, as it were, as much of the spectacle before me as possible; on no occasion did I ever feel alarmed, but always full of confidence and resignation. - "Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century", W. H. Davenport Adams.