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Definitions of Compasses

  1. An instrument for describing circles, measuring figures, etc., consisting of two, or (rarely) more, pointed branches, or legs, usually joined at the top by a rivet on which they move. Newage Dictionary DB
  2. Instrument for describing circles. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3. A jointed instrument for measuring, describing circles, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. An instrument, consisting of two movable legs, for describing circles, measureing figures, &c. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. An instrument with two legs for describing circles, &c. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6. To stretch round; to inclose; to encircle or surround; to go or walk round; to grasp or embrace; to accomplish; to plot; to contrive. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. n. pl. An instrument of two pointed legs, moving on a rivet, for describing circles, measuring figures, &c. Cabinet Dictionary

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