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Compass meaning

compass - 16 dictionary results

  1. 1. A passing round; circuit; circuitous course.
  2. 2. An inclosing limit; boundary; circumference; as, within the compass of an encircling wall.
  3. 3. An inclosed space; an area; extent.
  4. 4. Extent; reach; sweep; capacity; sphere; as, the compass of his eye; the compass of imagination.
  5. 5. Moderate bounds, limits of truth; moderation; due limits; -- used with within.
  6. 6. The range of notes, or tones, within the capacity of a voice or instrument.
  7. 7. An instrument for determining directions upon the earth's surface by means of a magnetized bar or needle turning freely upon a pivot and pointing in a northerly and southerly direction.
  8. 8. A pair of compasses.
  9. 9. A circle; a continent.
  10. 10. To go about or entirely round; to make the circuit of.
  11. 11. To inclose on all sides; to surround; to encircle; to environ; to invest; to besiege; -- used with about, round, around, and round about.
  12. 12. To reach round; to circumvent; to get within one's power; to obtain; to accomplish.
  13. 13. To curve; to bend into a circular form.
  14. 14. To purpose; to intend; to imagine; to plot.
  15. 15. Circuit; space; limit; magnetic instrument to indicate the north.
  16. 16. To surround; obtain; plot.

compass - examples of usage

  1. D'you know the points of the compass? - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. Smith felt in his pocket again and brought out his travelling compass. - "The Princess Pocahontas", Virginia Watson.
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