1. navigational instrument for finding directions;
2. an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet";
- Example: "a piano has a greater range than the human voice"
- Example: "the ambit of municipal legislation"
- Example: "within the compass of this article"
- Example: "within the scope of an investigation"
- Example: "outside the reach of the law"
- Example: "in the political orbit of a world power"
[syn: scope, range, reach, orbit, compass, ambit]
3. the limit of capability;
- Example: "within the compass of education"
[syn: compass, range, reach, grasp]
4. drafting instrument used for drawing circles;
1. bring about; accomplish;
- Example: "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"
2. travel around, either by plane or ship;
- Example: "We compassed the earth"
[syn: circumnavigate, compass]
3. get the meaning of something;
- Example: "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
[syn: grok, get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass, apprehend]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Compass \Com"pass\ (k[u^]m"pas), n. [F. compas, fr. LL. compassus circle, prop., a stepping together; com- + passus pace, step. See Pace, Pass.] 1. A passing round; circuit; circuitous course. [1913 Webster] They fetched a compass of seven day's journey. --2 Kings iii. 9. [1913 Webster] This day I breathed first; time is come round, And where I did begin, there shall I end; My life is run his compass. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. An inclosing limit; boundary; circumference; as, within the compass of an encircling wall. [1913 Webster] 3. An inclosed space; an area; extent. [1913 Webster] Their wisdom . . . lies in a very narrow compass. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 4. Extent; reach; sweep; capacity; sphere; as, the compass of his eye; the compass of imagination. [1913 Webster] The compass of his argument. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] 5. Moderate bounds, limits of truth; moderation; due limits; -- used with within. [1913 Webster] In two hundred years before (I speak within compass), no such commission had been executed. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster] 6. (Mus.) The range of notes, or tones, within the capacity of a voice or instrument. [1913 Webster] You would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] He that first discovered the use of the compass did more for the supplying and increase of useful commodities than those who built workhouses. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 8. A pair of compasses. [R.] See Compasses. To fix one foot of their compass wherever they please. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 9. A circle; a continent. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The tryne compas [the threefold world containing earth, sea, and heaven. --Skeat.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Azimuth compass. See under Azimuth. Beam compass. See under Beam. Compass card, the circular card attached to the needles of a mariner's compass, on which are marked the thirty-two points or rhumbs. Compass dial, a small pocket compass fitted with a sundial to tell the hour of the day. Compass plane (Carp.), a plane, convex in the direction of its length on the under side, for smoothing the concave faces of curved woodwork. Compass plant, Compass flower (Bot.), a plant of the American prairies (Silphium laciniatum), not unlike a small sunflower; rosinweed. Its lower and root leaves are vertical, and on the prairies are disposed to present their edges north and south. [1913 Webster] Its leaves are turned to the north as true as the magnet: This is the compass flower. --Longefellow. Compass saw, a saw with a narrow blade, which will cut in a curve; -- called also fret saw and keyhole saw. Compass timber (Shipbuilding), curved or crooked timber. Compass window (Arch.), a circular bay window or oriel window. Mariner's compass, a kind of compass used in navigation. It has two or more magnetic needles permanently attached to a card, which moves freely upon a pivot, and is read with reference to a mark on the box representing the ship's head. The card is divided into thirty-two points, called also rhumbs, and the glass-covered box or bowl containing it is suspended in gimbals within the binnacle, in order to preserve its horizontal position. Surveyor's compass, an instrument used in surveying for measuring horizontal angles. See Circumferentor. Variation compass, a compass of delicate construction, used in observations on the variations of the needle. To fetch a compass, to make a circuit. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Compass \Com"pass\ (k[u^]m"pas), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compassed (k[u^]m"past); p. pr. & vb. n. Compassing.] [F. compasser, LL. compassare.] 1. To go about or entirely round; to make the circuit of. [1913 Webster] Ye shall compass the city seven times. --Josh. vi. 4. [1913 Webster] We the globe can compass soon. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To inclose on all sides; to surround; to encircle; to environ; to invest; to besiege; -- used with about, round, around, and round about. [1913 Webster] With terrors and with clamors compassed round. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Now all the blessings Of a glad father compass thee about. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round. --Luke xix. 43. [1913 Webster] 3. To reach round; to circumvent; to get within one's power; to obtain; to accomplish. [1913 Webster] If I can check my erring love, I will: If not, to compass her I'll use my skill. --Shak. [1913 Webster] How can you hope to compass your designs? --Denham. [1913 Webster] 4. To curve; to bend into a circular form. [Obs. except in carpentry and shipbuilding.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. (Law) To purpose; to intend; to imagine; to plot. [1913 Webster] Compassing and imagining the death of the king are synonymous terms; compassing signifying the purpose or design of the mind or will, and not, as in common speech, the carrying such design to effect. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (17 December 2009):
COMPASS COMPrehensive ASSembler. The assembly language on CDC computers. (1995-01-19)Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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