English version

sextant in Measurement topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsextantsex‧tant /ˈsekstənt/ noun [countable]  TMa tool for measuring angles between stars in order to calculate the position of a ship or aircraft
Examples from the Corpus
sextantThat was one of the problems of using the piste and a sextant.Even Powell, constantly consulting sextant and compass, felt flummoxed.Because of the track, navigation had been easy and I had been leaving my sextant in the Land Rover.Once, Billy Hawkins got up in the middle of dinner, walked to the boats, and pulled out the sextant.So I forgot about him, at least until that evening when I gave Ellen some practice with the sextant.You had to be able to fix your position just like a ship at sea, with sextant and star charts.