compass card

noun

Definition of compass card

: the circular card attached to the needles of a mariner's compass on which are marked the 360° of the circle and 32 equidistant points

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First Known Use of compass card

1789, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of compass card was in 1789

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“Compass card.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compass%20card. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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