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pelorus Line breaks: pe|lorus
Pronunciation: /pɪˈlɔːrəs/

Definition of pelorus in English:

noun (plural peloruses)

A sighting device on a ship for taking the relative bearings of a distant object.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with pelorus

brachiosaurus, brontosaurus, canorous, chorus, Epidaurus, giganotosaurus, Horus, megalosaurus, porous, sorus, stegosaurus, Taurus, thesaurus, torus, tyrannosaurus
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