compass card
noun Date: 1789 the circular card attached to the needles of a mariner's compass on which are marked the 360° of the circle and 32 equidistant points

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  • compass card — com′pass card n. naut. navig. a circular card displaying the points of the compass that rotates freely to point to magnetic north • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • compass card — Navig. a circular card with magnets attached to its underside, the face divided on its rim into points of the compass, degrees clockwise from north, or both, and floating or suspended from a pivot so as to rotate freely. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • compass card — noun a circular rotating card showing the thirty two principal bearings, forming the indicator of a magnetic compass …   English new terms dictionary

  • compass card — /ˈkʌmpəs kad/ (say kumpuhs kahd) noun a circular card attached to the needle of a mariner s compass, on which the degrees or points indicating direction are marked …   Australian English dictionary

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