compass meaning

[ 'kʌmpəs ] Pronunciation:   "compass" in a sentence
  • Noun: compass  kúmpus
    1. Navigational instrument for finding directions 
    2. An area in which something acts or operates or has power or control
      "within the compass of this article"
      - scope, range, reach, orbit, ambit 
    3. The limit of capability
      "within the compass of education"
      - range, reach, grasp 
    4. Drafting instrument used for drawing circles
    Verb: compass  kúmpus
    1. Travel around, either by plane or ship
      "We compassed the earth"
      - circumnavigate 
    2. Get the meaning of something
      - grok [N. Amer], get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, apprehend 
    3. [archaic] Bring about; accomplish
      "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"

    Derived forms: compassing, compasses, compassed

    Type of: accomplish, achieve, attain, capability, capableness, circle, drafting instrument, extent, navigational instrument, potentiality, reach, understand

    Encyclopedia: Compass

  • [Architecture]

    An instrument for drawing circles, measuring the distance between two points, etc.; consists of two pointed legs, movable on a joint or pivot, usually made so that one of the points can be detached for the insertion of a pen, extension, etc.


  • [Defence]
    common operational modeling, planning, and simulation strategy; Computerized Movement Planning and Status System

  • [Electronics]
    1. Any of several instruments for determining direction on the earth’s surface [e.g., magnetic (mariner’s) compass and gyrocompass].
    2. A radio direction finder.
    3. An instrument for drawing circles.

  • [Engineering]
    An instrument for indicating a horizontal reference direction relative to the earth.


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  1. i knew it all, the whole drab compass of marital disillusion.
  2. with the aid of a compass the traveler can find his bearings.
  3. without a compass, it is easy to lose one 's bearings in the woods.
  4. this knowledge is really beyond the compass of her immature mind.
  5. the compass needle if not deflected is no current flows in the wire.

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