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a. A device used to determine geographic direction, usually consisting of a magnetic needle or needles horizontally mounted or suspended and free to pivot until aligned with the earth's magnetic field.
b. Another device, such as a radio compass or a gyrocompass, used for determining geographic direction.
2. A V-shaped device for describing circles or circular arcs and for taking measurements, consisting of a pair of rigid, end-hinged legs, one of which is equipped with a pen, pencil, or other marker and the other with a sharp point providing a pivot about which the drawing leg is turned. Also called pair of compasses.
3. Awareness or understanding of one's purpose or objectives: "Lacking a coherent intellectual and moral commitment, [he] was forced to find his compass in personal experience" (Doris Kearns Goodwin).
a. An enclosing line or boundary; a circumference: outside the compass of the fence. See Synonyms at circumference.
b. A restricted space or area: four huge crates within the compass of the elevator.
c. Range or scope, as of understanding, perception, or authority: The subject falls outside the compass of this study. See Synonyms at range.
5. Music See range.
tr.v. com·passed, com·pass·ing, com·pass·es
1. To make a circuit of; circle: The sailboat compassed the island.
2. To surround; encircle: The trees compass the grave.
3. To understand; comprehend: "God ... is too great a profundity to be compassed by human cerebration" (Flann O'Brian).
a. To accomplish or bring about: "He compassed his end only by the exercise of gentle violence" (Henry James).
b. To gain or achieve: "She had compassed the high felicity of seeing the two men beautifully take to each another" (Henry James).
5. To scheme; plot: compass the death of the king.
Forming a curve.
[Middle English compas, circle, compass, from Old French, from compasser, to measure, from Vulgar Latin *compassāre, to pace off : Latin com-, com- + Latin passus, step; see pace1.]
1. an instrument for finding direction, usually having a magnetized needle which points to magnetic north swinging freely on a pivot
2. (Mathematics) (often plural) Also called: pair of compasses an instrument used for drawing circles, measuring distances, etc, that consists of two arms, joined at one end, one arm of which serves as a pivot or stationary reference point, while the other is extended or describes a circle
3. limits or range: within the compass of education.
4. (Music, other) music the interval between the lowest and highest note attainable by a voice or musical instrument
5. archaic a circular course
6. to encircle or surround; hem in
7. to comprehend or grasp mentally
8. to achieve; attain; accomplish
9. obsolete to plot
[C13: from Old French compas, from compasser to measure, from Vulgar Latin compassāre (unattested) to pace out, ultimately from Latin passus step]
1. an instrument for determining directions, as by means of a freely rotating magnetized needle that indicates magnetic north.
2. Often, compasses. an instrument for drawing or describing circles, measuring distances, etc., consisting generally of two hinged, movable legs (often used with pair of).
3. the enclosing line or limits of any area; perimeter.
4. space within limits; scope: the broad compass of the novel.
5. the total range of tones of a voice or of a musical instrument.
6. due or proper limits; moderate bounds: to act within the compass of propriety.
7. a passing round; circuit: the compass of a year.adj.
8. curved; forming a curve or arc: a compass roof.v.t.
9. to go or move around; make the circuit of: to compass the city on foot.
10. to extend or stretch around; surround; encircle: A stone wall compasses the property.
11. to attain or achieve; accomplish; obtain.
12. to contrive; plot; scheme.
13. to make curved or circular.
14. to comprehend; grasp, as with the mind.
[1250–1300; (v.) Middle English < Old French compasser to measure < Vulgar Latin *compāssāre, v. derivative of *compāssus equal step (Latin com- com- + pāssus pace1); (n.) Middle English < Old French, derivative of compasser]
1. A device used to determine geographical direction, usually consisting of a magnetic needle mounted so that it points to magnetic north.
2. A device used for drawing circles and arcs and for measuring distances, consisting of two legs hinged together at one end.
Past participle: compassed
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|Noun||1.||compass - navigational instrument for finding directions|
gyrocompass - a compass that does not depend on magnetism but uses a gyroscope instead
magnetic compass - compass based on an indicator (as a magnetic needle) that points to the magnetic north
navigational instrument - an instrument used for navigating
|2.||compass - an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"; "a piano has a greater range than the human voice"; "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"|
extent - the distance or area or volume over which something extends; "the vast extent of the desert"; "an orchard of considerable extent"
approximate range, ballpark - near to the scope or range of something; "his answer wasn't even in the right ballpark"
confines - a bounded scope; "he stayed within the confines of the city"
contrast - the range of optical density and tone on a photographic negative or print (or the extent to which adjacent areas on a television screen differ in brightness)
internationality, internationalism - quality of being international in scope; "he applauded the internationality of scientific terminology"
latitude - scope for freedom of e.g. action or thought; freedom from restriction
purview, horizon, view - the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated; "It is beyond the horizon of present knowledge"
gamut - a complete extent or range: "a face that expressed a gamut of emotions"
spectrum - a broad range of related objects or values or qualities or ideas or activities
|3.||compass - the limit of capability; "within the compass of education"|
|4.||compass - drafting instrument used for drawing circles|
drafting instrument - an instrument used by a draftsman in making drawings
|Verb||1.||compass - bring about; accomplish; "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"|
|2.||compass - travel around, either by plane or ship; "We compassed the earth"|
circle - travel around something; "circle the globe"
|3.||compass - get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"|
understand - know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means"
figure - understand; "He didn't figure her"
catch on, cotton on, get it, get onto, get wise, twig, latch on, tumble - understand, usually after some initial difficulty; "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"
intuit - know or grasp by intuition or feeling
digest - arrange and integrate in the mind; "I cannot digest all this information"
|North by East||N by E|
|North North East||NNE|
|North East by North||NE by N|
|North East by East||NE by E|
|East North East||ENE|
|East by North||E by N|
|East by South||E by S|
|East South East||ESE|
|South East by East||SE by E|
|South East by South||SE by S|
|South South East||SSE|
|South by East||S by E|
|South by West||S by W|
|South South West||SSW|
|South West by South||SW by S|
|South West by West||SW by W|
|West South West||WSW|
|West by South||W by S|
|West by North||W by N|
|West North West||WNW|
|North West by West||NW by W|
|North West by North||NW by N|
|North North West||NNW|
|North by West||N by W|
|north||arctic or boreal|
|south||meridional or austral|
|west||occidental or hesperidan|
1. To encircle with or as if with a band:
2. To shut in on all sides:
3. To perceive and recognize the meaning of:
accept, apprehend, catch (on), comprehend, conceive, fathom, follow, get, grasp, make out, read, see, sense, take, take in, understand.
Chiefly British: twig.
بُوصُلَةبوصَلَه، إبْرَةُ الملاّحينفِرْجار، بِركارمَدى، نِطاق
1. (Naut etc) → brújula f
compasses pl (also pair of compasses) → Zirkel m
n → Kompasspeilung f
n → Kompassscheibe f, → Windrose f
n → Navigationskurs m
1. an instrument with a magnetized needle, used to find directions. If he had carried a compass he would not have lost his way on the hills. kompas بوصَلَه، إبْرَةُ الملاّحين компас bússola kompas der Kompaß kompas πυξίδαbrújula kompass قطب نما kompassi boussoleמצפן कम्पास, कुतुबनुमा kompas, busola iránytű kompas áttaviti bussola 羅針盤 나침반 kompasas kompass kompas kompaskompasskompas قطب نما: ټك، بريد، سرحد: محوطه: كرښه، ليكه: يوه اّله چه دايروى خط په كاږى (پركار bússola busolă компас kompas kompas kompas kompass เข็มทิศ pusula 羅盤，指南針 компас قطب نما la bàn 罗盘，指南针
2. (in plural) an instrument with two movable legs, for drawing circles etc. kompas فِرْجار، بِركار пергел compasso kružítko der Zirkel passer διαβήτηςcompás sirkel پرگار harppi compasמחוגה परकार, वृत्त बनाने के लिए ज्यामीति का एक यंत्र šestar, šestilo körző jangka sirkill compasso コンパス 컴퍼스 skriestuvas cirkulis kompas passerpassercyrkiel دسيسه جوړول: دايره جوړول: دايره جوړول: احاطه كول compasso compas циркуль kružidlo šestilo šestar passare วงเวียน pergel 圓規 циркуль پُرکار compa 圆规
3. scope or range. omvang; bestek مَدى، نِطاق диапазон alcance okruh, dosah der Umkreis område; ramme; rækkevidde έκτασηalcance ulatus محدوده؛ گستره laajuus portée, étendueתחום दायरा opseg, doseg kiterjedés jangkauan svið, takmörk ambito, competenza 範囲 범위 apimtis, ribos diapazons; apjoms lingkungan bereikrekkevidde, omkretszasięg غايه، مقصد: ډګر: ذهنى وده، پراختيا، وسعت، انكشاف، پرمخ تګ alcance cuprins, întindere предел; диапазон okruh doseg, obseg raspon omfång, område ขอบเขต alan, saha 界限，範圍 обсяг; діапазон دسائی ، پہنچ phạm vi 界限，范围compass rose
the circular drawing showing directions on a plan or map. windroos, kompasroos صورَة دائِرَة الأتِّجاهات геогр. показател rosa-dos-ventos směrová růžice kompasu die Kompaßrose kompasrose κυκλικά σχήματα σε χάρτη που δείχνουν κατευθύνσεις rosa de los vientos tuulteroos علامتی که برای مشخص کردن نقطه ای روی نقشه می کشند kompassiruusu rose des vents שוֹשָנַת הָרוּחוֹת नक्शा ruža kompasa szélrózsa mata angin áttavitarós rosa della bussola 羅針図 나침도 kompaso rožė debespušu norāde (uz kartes) arah kompas kompasroos kompassrose róża wiatrów قطب نما: ټك، بريد، سرحد: محوطه: كرښه، ليكه: يوه اّله چه دايروى خط په كاږى (پركار rosa-dos-ventos roza vânturilor картушка компаса smerová ružica vetrovnica ruža kompasa kompassros เครื่องหมายบอกทิศทางในแผนที่ harita üzerindeki pusula dairesi 地圖上的羅盤玫瑰 компасна роза نقشے پر سمتیں بتانے والی علامت vòng tròn định hướng trên bản đồ 罗经盘，表示方向的图案