navigational instrument

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Noun1.navigational instrument - an instrument used for navigatingnavigational instrument - an instrument used for navigating  
artificial horizon, flight indicator, gyro horizon - a navigational instrument based on a gyroscope; it artificially provides a simulated horizon for the pilot
compass - navigational instrument for finding directions
depth finder - navigational instrument used to measure the depth of a body of water (as by ultrasound or radar)
inclinometer - an instrument showing the angle that an aircraft makes with the horizon
instrument - a device that requires skill for proper use
asdic, echo sounder, sonar - a measuring instrument that sends out an acoustic pulse in water and measures distances in terms of the time for the echo of the pulse to return; "sonar is an acronym for sound navigation ranging"; "asdic is an acronym for antisubmarine detection investigation committee"
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Magnetic Compass (Improved during China's Song Dynasty) -- The magnetic compass served as a primary navigational instrument for mariners, which launched the Age of Discovery and poised Europe to become a world power that would later fuel the Industrial Revolution, global trade and migrations of people around the globe.
The brewery's logo is a sextant, a navigational instrument used to measure a star's angle relative to the horizon, which serves as a reminder to continue the journey and seek out new ideas, new people and new flavors to share.
Now companies under Apple's ownership should theoretically bump up the iOS Map into a navigational instrument that efficiently manages and analyses location and direction data.
Setting up camp, cooking their own meals, and learning to navigate by the stars using a ancient navigational instrument called an Astrolabe, the team has been establishing building blocks for the future learning essential skills like leadership, discipline, and determination.
Among the discovered artifacts is a brass navigational instrument known as a chart divider.
Name the navigational instrument used to find directions on the Earth?
A FORMER Warwickshire mayor has criticised a 25-ft iron sculpture of a navigational instrument installed on a major roundabout in Stratford.
A 25-foot high iron sculpture of a navigational instrument installed on a major roundabout in Stratford-upon-Avon is causing uproar amongst residents.
GPS is a highly reliable and useful navigational instrument but many walkers tell us it just doesn't compare to the romance of seeing a route laid out in front of them on an Ordnance Survey paper map or a guide.
On 21 March 1919, a gyrocompass developed for the Navy was tested in an aircraft, marking the first recorded instance of tests of a device that would become an invaluable navigational instrument for long-range flight.
The ideas could be anything from designs for a ship or a navigational instrument, or a model of a machine that might have made life more comfortable for the crew on board," said young people's librarian Michelle Mollan.

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