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

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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