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gyroscope

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A disk with a heavy rim mounted in a double gimbal so that its axis can adopt any orientation in space. When the disk is set spinning the whole contrivance has two useful properties: (1)...

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heeling error

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An error in a yacht's magnetic compass which can be caused when she heels. Most ships' compasses are stabilized and corrected with small magnets to prevent errors when the vessel is rolling...

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magnetic compass

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An instrument containing a freely suspended magnetic element that displays the direction of the horizontal component of the earth's magnetic field at the point of observation.

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