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mariner's compass

noun
1.
a compass used for navigational purposes, consisting of a pivoted compass card in a gimbal-mounted, nonferrous metal bowl.
2.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy, compass (def 8a).
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30
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