octant

noun
oc·​tant | \ ˈäk-tənt How to pronounce octant (audio) \

Definition of octant

1 : an instrument for observing altitudes of a celestial body from a moving ship or aircraft
2 : any of the eight parts into which a space is divided by three coordinate planes

Examples of octant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is no way for such a locus to exist only in opposing octants of a cube. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘The Slippery Math of Causation’," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of octant

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for octant

Latin octant-, octans eighth of a circle, from octo

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“Octant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octant. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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