mariner's compass

noun

Definition of mariner's compass

: 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

First Known Use of mariner's compass

1594, in the meaning defined above

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“Mariner's compass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mariner%27s%20compass. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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