sextant :

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  • n  a unit of angular distance equal to 60 degrees
  • n  a measuring instrument for measuring the angular distance between celestial objects; resembles an octant

  • Every navigator loves his sextant.
  • In 1939 he perfected his sextant.
  • The great Yankee skipper Joshua Slocum used only the simplest of navigational instrumentsa compass, a sextant and his famous "dollar clock"when he sailed his 37-ft.

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