Pronunciation: (ok'tunt), [key]
1. the eighth part of a circle.
2. Math.any of the eight parts into which three mutually perpendicular planes divide space.
3. an instrument having an arc of 24°, used by navigators for measuring angles up to 90°.
4. the position of one heavenly body when 45° distant from another.
5. (cap.) Astron.the constellation Octans.
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