bin·​na·​cle | \ˈbi-ni-kəl \

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

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The instrument cluster — a thin, curved LCD panel — replaces the usual gauge binnacle. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Review: ‘Silence Is the New Power’," 6 June 2018 Digital screens have also replaced most of the traditional analog dials that used to live in your average Porsche instrument binnacle. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Porsche’s Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is a heck of a hybrid," 16 May 2018 Instruments are tucked down deep in their binnacle, and an 8.0-inch display screen rises prominently from the dashboard above the digital climate controls. Steve Siler, Car and Driver, "2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: iM Just a Corolla Now," 23 Mar. 2018

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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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