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World Encyclopedia

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
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87 words

Direction-finding instrument also used to show direction of a magnetic field. It is a horizontal magnetic needle on a

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006

the use of the compass for navigation at sea was reported from China c.1100, western Europe 1187, Arabia c....

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)
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121 words
The simplest form of compass was a magnetized needle lodged in a straw or piece of cork and floating in a basin of water. From the twelfth century compass needles were placed on a pivot ... More
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The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
55 words

in present parlance the instrument by means of which a ship may be steered on a course and by means of which ...

compass, magnetic and mariner’s

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
222 words

The earliest written evidence of a magnetized needle used to find direction comes from China c.ad 1040.

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