from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A case that supports and protects a ship's compass, located near the helm.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The wooden housing for a ship's compass, with its corrector magnets and illuminating arrangements; the log and other equipment for measuring the ship's speed is also stowed there.
- n. The instrument cluster on a car or motorcycle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A case or box placed near the helmsman, containing the compass of a ship, and a light to show it at night.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A framework or case on the deck of a ship, in front of the steersman, and also in various other positions, containing a nautical compass, and fitted with lights by which the compass can be read at night.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a nonmagnetic housing for a ship's compass (usually in front of the helm)
The magnetic needle in the binnacle was the point on which the Mary Turner ever pivoted.
"You'll get your bally head shot off some fine day," Captain Ward growled in answer, as he stepped to the binnacle and took the bearing of a peak which had just thrust its head through the clouds that covered Guadalcanar.
"We ought to be moving along a line that'll cross somewhere northard of New Zealand," Daughtry guessed to himself, after a hundred stolen glances into the binnacle.
He darted a look into the binnacle and took a hurried compass bearing of the sounds Jerry was making.
Back and peering into the binnacle, he listened vainly for another wail from Jerry in the hope of verifying his first hasty bearing.
In the light of the binnacle his small blue eyes looked more malevolent than ever.
But Louis took and gave a spoke and gazed imperturbably into the binnacle.
The split-level instrument design now includes an even wider horizontal display under a larger binnacle on the cowl, at the base of the windshield, this to accommodate the new i-MID Intelligent Multi-Informational Display.
Honda The split-level instrument design now includes an even wider horizontal display under a larger binnacle on the cowl, at the base of the windshield, this to accommodate the new i-MID Intelligent Multi-Informational Display.
As I passed between Harrison and the binnacle, which was built into the top of the cabin, I noticed that he was this time fully three points off.