Definition of Pelorus

1. n. An instrument similar to a mariner's compass, but without magnetic needles, and having two sight vanes by which bearings are taken, esp. such as cannot be taken by the compass.



Definition of Pelorus

1. Noun. A device used to take a bearing on a distant object. ¹

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Definition of Pelorus

1. a navigational instrument [n -ES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pelorus

pelmets
peloid
peloids
pelology
pelon
pelopathy
pelopium
peloria
pelorian
pelorias
peloric
pelories
pelorism
pelorisms
peloro-
pelorus (current term)
peloruses
pelory
pelosity
pelota
pelotas
pelotherapy
peloton
pelotons
pels
pelt
pelt along
pelt down
pelt of the dog
pelta

Literary usage of Pelorus

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1. The Journal of the Polynesian Society by Polynesian Society (N.Z.) (1896)
"Going carefully over all the stone implements I possess—a motley collection gathered from all parts of the pelorus district—I found only one, ..."

2. The Journal of the Polynesian Society by Polynesian Society (N.Z.) (1897)
"ON THE ANCIENT PIT DWELLINGS OF THE pelorus DISTRICT, SOUTH ISLAND, NZ BY JOSHUA RUTLAND. HE destruction of the forest along the shores of pelorus Sound ..."

3. The Days of a Man: Being Memories of a Naturalist, Teacher, and Minor by David Starr Jordan (1922)
"In French Pass, a deep fjord of South Island, lived for years " pelorus Jack," a famous porpoise (doubtless of the genus Grampus) which used to rush like a ..."

4. Modern Seamanship by Austin Melvin Knight (1921)
"A convenient form of the pelorus is one in which the graduated circle can be turned inside of the fixed rim which carries the zero-mark, ..."

5. Navigation by George Leonard Hosmer (1918)
"THE pelorus Some vessels are equipped with an instrument called a pelorus. This is a compass card (without a magnetic needle) hung in gimbals and fitted ..."

6. A Treatise on Navigation and Nautical Astronomy: Including the Theory of by William Carpenter Pendleton Muir (1918)
"The pelorus standard consists of three parts, the base, supporting column, and pelorus chamber; on the top'edge of the latter are scored the fore-and-aft ..."

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