Definition of pelorus in English:

pelorus

Line breaks: pe|lorus
Pronunciation: /pɪˈlɔːrəs
 
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noun (plural peloruses)

  • A sighting device on a ship for taking the relative bearings of a distant object.
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    • As the navigator's equivalent of adventurer with a pelorus, she has endeared herself to the ship's company with her prowess on the bridge and her stamina ashore.
    • Their preparation and composure was further tested when pelorus repeats, gyros, GPS and even their sight were removed from their repertoire of navigational aids.
    • Conventional peloruses are used to determine a bearing of an object with the knowledge of the vessel's heading.

Origin

mid 19th century: perhaps from Pelorus, said to be the name of Hannibal's pilot.

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