binnacle

noun
bin·​na·​cle | \ ˈbi-ni-kəl How to pronounce binnacle (audio) \

Definition of binnacle

1 : a housing for a ship's compass and a lamp
2 : a container for instruments in an automobile dashboard All but the shortest drivers find unrestricted sightlines to a hooded instrument binnacle loaded with nicely legible gauges.— Daniel Charles Ross

Examples of binnacle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, there's a 12.3-inch LCD in a traditional binnacle in front of the driver, supplemented by an 11.9-inch central touchscreen that can be tilted between about 45 degrees to nearly vertical. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 21 Sep. 2021 The gold and white binnacle housed on the ship's veranda deck was originally part of the HMY Royal George, a royal yacht that served Queen Victoria. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 16 Nov. 2020 The gold and white binnacle housed on the ship's veranda deck was originally part of the HMY Royal George, a royal yacht that served Queen Victoria. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 16 Nov. 2020 The gold and white binnacle housed on the ship's veranda deck was originally part of the HMY Royal George, a royal yacht that served Queen Victoria. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 16 Nov. 2020 Ventilation and drive-mode buttons are grouped in a binnacle next to the gear selector, with other most functions controlled by the 10-inch touchscreen above. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 29 Oct. 2020 Porsche’s configurable gauge cluster can display maps and navigation instructions in its right binnacle. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 23 Sep. 2020 The only real nod to the past inside the modern-looking cabin is the binnacle atop the dash with analog gauges for boost pressure, turbo rpm, and battery voltage. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 16 Sep. 2020 When deployed, that binnacle lowers, ramp style, toward the ground, releasing the robot. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, 21 May 2019 See More

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First Known Use of binnacle

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for binnacle

alteration of Middle English bitakle, from Old Portuguese or Old Spanish; Old Portuguese bitácola & Old Spanish bitácula, from Latin habitaculum dwelling place, from habitare to inhabit — more at habitation

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“Binnacle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/binnacle. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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