Meaning of mariner's compass

mar'iner's com"pass

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a compass used for navigational purposes, consisting of a pivoted compass card in a gimbal-mounted, nonferrous metal bowl.
  2. (cap.)compass (def. 8a).
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