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  1. an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"; "the ambit of municipal legislation"; "within the compass of this article"; "within the scope of an investigation"; "outside the reach of the law"; "in the political orbit of a world power" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. travel around, either by plane or ship; "We compassed the earth" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. bring about; accomplish; "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. navigational instrument for finding directions Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. drafting instrument used for drawing circles Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. the limit of capability; "within the compass of education" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. A passing round; circuit; circuitous course. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. An inclosing limit; boundary; circumference; as, within the compass of an encircling wall. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. An inclosed space; an area; extent. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. Extent; reach; sweep; capacity; sphere; as, the compass of his eye; the compass of imagination. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. Moderate bounds, limits of truth; moderation; due limits; -- used with within. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. The range of notes, or tones, within the capacity of a voice or instrument. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. A pair of compasses. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. A circle; a continent. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. To go about or entirely round; to make the circuit of. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. To inclose on all sides; to surround; to encircle; to environ; to invest; to besiege; -- used with about, round, around, and round about. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. To reach round; to circumvent; to get within one's power; to obtain; to accomplish. Newage Dictionary DB
  20. To curve; to bend into a circular form. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. To purpose; to intend; to imagine; to plot. Newage Dictionary DB
  22. To encircle; walk around; to accomplish; attain; besiege. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  23. A circle; a circumference; extent; moderate bounds; an instrument used on ships for finding the directions, north, south, east, and west. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  24. A circuit or circle: space: limit: range: an instrument consisting of a magnetized needle, used to steer ships by, etc. -To fetch a COMPASS, to make a circuit, to go round:-pl. COMPASSES, an instrument consisting of two movable legs, for describing circles, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. To pass or go round: to surround or inclose: to besiege: to bring about or obtain: to contrive or plot. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. Circuit; space; limit; magnetic instrument to indicate the north. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  27. To surround; obtain; plot. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. To attain; plan for; comprehend; surround; encompass. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. Extent within limits; scope; circuit; a boundary; bounds; due limits. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. The range of a voice or instrument. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. An instrument for determining directions by the pointing of a magnetic needle northward, as in the mariners compass. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. Circuit; space; limit; reach; range; moderate bounds or due limits; an instrument contrived to indicate the magnetic meridian and so ascertain direction, especially in determining and guiding the course of a ship at sea. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  33. To stretch round; to encircle; to surround; to invest; to go or walk round; to obtain; to accomplish; to contrive or plot. To fetch a compass, to make a circuit. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  34. Grasp; reach; space; extent; the limit or boundary of anything-applied to anything that can be measured or limited; a circuit; a circumference; the magnetic needle or mariner's compass; a guide; a direction. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  35. A curved bifid structure, part of Aristotle's lantern. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  36. COMPrehensive ASSembler.The assembly language on CDC computers. foldoc_fs
  37. Moderate bounds, limits of truth; moderation; due limits; used with within. dictgcide_fs
  38. To inclose on all sides; to surround; to encircle; to environ; to invest; to besiege; used with about, round, around, and round about. dictgcide_fs
  39. kum'pas, n. a circuit or circle: space: limit: range, a limit of tones of a voice or instrument: the circumference: girth: an instrument consisting of a magnetised needle, used to steer ships by, &c., the needle indicating on a card the absolute directions at any given time: (pl.) an instrument consisting of two movable legs, for describing circles, &c.--v.t. to pass or go round: to surround or enclose: to besiege: to bring about or obtain: to contrive or plot: to accomplish.--adj. COM'PASSABLE, capable of being compassed.--ns. COM'PASS-CARD, the circular card of a compass; COM'PASSING, contrivance: design; COM'PASS-PLANE, a plane, convex on the under side, for smoothing curved timber; COM'PASS-SAW, a saw that cuts in a circular manner; COM'PASS-SIG'NAL, a signal denoting a point in the compass; COM'PASS-TIM'BER, curved timber, used for shipbuilding, &c.; COM'PASS-WIN'DOW, a semicircular bay-window.--BOX THE COMPASS (see BOX); FETCH A COMPASS, to go round in a circuit. [Fr. compas, a circle, prob. from Low L. compassus--L. com, together, passus, a step.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  40. (Pair of) cc., instrument for describing circles, with two legs connected at one end by movable joint; beam-cc. (with sliding sockets, for large circles); bow-cc. (with legs jointed to bend inwards); circumference, boundary; area, extent, (also fig., as beyond my c.); range of a voice; roundabout way, as fetch, go. a c.; instrument showing magnetic meridian or one\'s direction with respect to it (Mariner\'s C.); Box the c.; c.-plane (convex, for planing concave surfaces); c.-saw (with narrow blade, for curves); c.-window, semicircular bay-window. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  41. Go round; hem in; grasp mentally; contrive; accomplish. Hence compassable a. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  42. Circle; round a circuit; circumference; —an inclosing limit; boundary; —an inclosed space; area; extent; range; —the whole extent of a voice or instrument in the musical scale; —an instrument serving to indicate the position or bearing of any body towards the horizon. It consists of a magnetic needle, which, corrected for variation, points due north, a sight line pointing to the horizon, and a circular card divided into thirty-two equal parts. The deflection or difference between the sight point and the north point of the needle, gives the position or bearing. Cabinet Dictionary
  43. Circle, round; space, room, limits; enclosure, circumference; a departure from the right line, an indirect advance; moderate space, moderation, due limits; the power of the voice to express the notes of musick; the instrument with which circles are drawn; the instrument composed of a needle and card, whereby mariners steer. Complete Dictionary

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