[ UK /ˈɒktənt/ ]
  1. a measuring instrument for measuring angles to a celestial body; similar to a sextant but with 45 degree calibration
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  • You recall, perhaps, that eloquent passage in his noble defence of the poet Archias, wherein Cicero (not Kikero) refers to his own pursuit of literary studies: "Hæc studia adolescentiam alunt, senectutem oblectant; secundas res ornant, adversis perfugium ac solatium præbent; delectant domi, non impediunt foris; pernoctant nobiscum, peregrinantur, rusticantur! The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac
  • It was in its octant, and showed a crescent finely traced on the dark background of the sky. Round the Moon
  • John Paul’s deliverance from the hardship of the lower deck was a brass instrument called an octant. John Paul Jones
  • Advances in the development of these instruments made such calculations easier and more precise, for example: the "course protractor", the "cuadrant", the "octant and the sextant", and the "longitude clock", which was a precision chronometer. Sailing on and on
  • Wesley found a packet of small iron tools, an octant and a massive spiked club. DEBTOR'S PLANET
  • From a private collection, offerings include several important pairs of globes by Newton, a sextant by Ramsden, an octant by George Jones, equinoctial dials, astrolabes, chronometers, microscopes and nautical antiques. Useful and Beautiful Devices | clusterflock
  • Curved an eighth of circle, hence “octant”, fixed with small mirrors and etched by degrees, an octant can tell a mariner the angle of the sun to the horizon at high noon. John Paul Jones
  • Charred remains of the boat, a burned octant, and a few unexploded cartridges were all that remained of the meager outfit upon which they depended to take them to the mouth of the river, a distance of over 250 miles. Scientific American Supplement No. 822, October 3, 1891
  • The contrasting rim is divided into octants, with a blue and yellow geometric pattern alternating with interleaved black fylfots on a green ground.
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