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Definitions of compass

  1. To encircle; walk around; to accomplish; attain; besiege. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. 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.
  3. To surround; obtain; plot. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. travel around, either by plane or ship; "We compassed the earth" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. bring about; accomplish; "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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.
  7. navigational instrument for finding directions Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. drafting instrument used for drawing circles Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. the limit of capability; "within the compass of education" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. A passing round; circuit; circuitous course. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. An inclosing limit; boundary; circumference; as, within the compass of an encircling wall. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. An inclosed space; an area; extent. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. Moderate bounds, limits of truth; moderation; due limits; -- used with within. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. The range of notes, or tones, within the capacity of a voice or instrument. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. 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
  16. A pair of compasses. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. A circle; a continent. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. To go about or entirely round; to make the circuit of. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. 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
  20. To reach round; to circumvent; to get within one's power; to obtain; to accomplish. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. To curve; to bend into a circular form. Newage Dictionary DB
  22. To purpose; to intend; to imagine; to plot. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. Circuit; space; limit; magnetic instrument to indicate the north. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  25. Extent within limits; scope; circuit; a boundary; bounds; due limits. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. The range of a voice or instrument. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. A curved bifid structure, part of Aristotle's lantern. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

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Usage examples for compass

  1. Smith was captured once by the Indians, and, instead of telling them that he was by birth a gent, he gave them a course of lectures on the use of the compass and how to learn where one is at. – Comic History of the United States by Bill Nye
  2. Now the compass in actual fact does not always and everywhere point due north. – The Dawn of Canadian History: A Chronicle of Aboriginal Canada by Stephen Leacock
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