Definitions for octantˈɒk tənt

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  1. octant(noun)

    a measuring instrument for measuring angles to a celestial body; similar to a sextant but with 45 degree calibration


  1. octant(Noun)

    The eighth part of a circle; an arc of 45 degrees.

  2. octant(Noun)

    : The eighth part of a disc; a sector of 45 degrees; half a quadrant.

  3. octant(Noun)

    : An instrument for measuring angles, particularly of elevation.

  4. Origin: From octans


  1. Octant

    Traditionally wind direction is given as one of the 8 octants because that is more precise than merely giving one of the 4 quadrants, and the wind vane typically does not have enough accuracy to bother with more precise indication.

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