mariner's compass

noun

: a compass used in navigation that consists of parallel magnetic needles or bundles of needles permanently attached to a card marked to indicate direction and degrees of a circle

Word History

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mariner's compass was in 1594

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Cite this Entry

“Mariner's compass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mariner%27s%20compass. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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