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quadran'tal correc'tor



Naut.
either of two soft-iron spheres attached to each side of a binnacle, intended to correct the compass deviation (quadran'tal-devia'tion) resulting from magnetism from ferrous metal in a ship. See diag. under binnacle 1.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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