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binnacle1

[bin-uh-kuh l] /ˈbɪn ə kəl/
noun, Nautical
1.
a stand or enclosure of wood or nonmagnetic metal for supporting and housing a compass.
Origin
late Middle English
1615-1625
1615-25; bin + (bitt)acle (late Middle English bitakille) < Portuguese bitacola < Latin habitāculum lodge, equivalent to habitā- (see inhabit) + -culum -cule2

binnacle2

[bin-uh-kuh l] /ˈbɪn ə kəl/
New York State Older Use.
1.
a side branch of a river; millrace.
Origin
1855-60, Americanism; probably folk-etymological spelling of New York Dutch *binnekil, equivalent to Dutch binne(n) inner, interior (see ben1) + kil channel; see kill2
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  • The steering gear and wheel are aft, with a detachable binnacle mounted between the wheel and main deckhouse.
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binnacle

/ˈbɪnəkəl/
noun
1.
a housing for a ship's compass
Word Origin
C17: changed from C15 bitakle, from Portuguese bitácula, from Late Latin habitāculum dwelling-place, from Latin habitāre to inhabit; spelling influenced by bin
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Word Origin and History for binnacle
n.

"wooden box for a ship's compass," c.1750, corruption of bittacle (1620s), which is probably from Spanish bitacula or Portuguese bitacola, both from Latin habitaculum "little dwelling place," from habitare "to inhabit" (see habit).

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