• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bow-compass A pair of compasses, with a bow or arched plate riveted to one of the legs, and passing through the other.
    • Bow-compass A small pair of compasses, one leg of which carries a pencil, or a pen, for drawing circles. Its legs are often connected by a bow-shaped spring, instead of by a joint.
    • Bow-compass An arcograph.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bow-compass See compass.
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In literature:

Meanwhile the Baron, after bowing in turn towards all points of the compass, turned confidentially to his friend.
"Count Bunker" by J. Storer Clouston
In a restless and thoughtless mood, she took up her bow and arrow, and with unerring aim compassed the death of her victim.
"Stories by English Authors: Orient" by Various
Compass this, And I'll bow down to thee, Dominican!
"Don Carlos A Play" by Friedrich Schiller
I did not see anything to guide us, but the compass, until about ten o'clock, when I caught a view of a light close on our lee bow.
"Ned Myers" by James Fenimore Cooper
Earnestly he looked upon the bowed form at his feet, and in his eyes there was a great compassion.
"The Secret Chamber at Chad" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Towards the end of the Bronze Age the safety-pin was arched into a bow, so as to include a greater amount of stuff in its compass.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Take a compass bearing of some prominent object when it is either 2, 3 or 4 points off the bow.
"Lectures in Navigation" by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
Lay the sweet babe before the starved lion, and his want will not bow to your compassion.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
Its bow pointed successively to every point of the compass.
"The Invaders" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The purpose of the bow pattern was to show that compass needles at the centers of the two loops deflected in opposite directions.
"The Earliest Electromagnetic Instruments" by Robert A. Chipman
Only a tiny speck of light showed in her bow by the steering wheel, where a minute electric bulb shed light on the compass.
"The Boy Aviators' Flight for a Fortune" by Wilbur Lawton
Kit saw the bows circle and pictured the compass spinning in its bowl.
"Kit Musgrave's Luck" by Harold Bindloss
The purpose of the bow pattern was to show that compass needles at the centers of the two loops deflected in opposite directions.
"Smithsonian Institution - United States National Museum - Bulletin 240" by Anonymous

In poetry:

"And listening, with his forehead bowed,
Heard the Divine compassion fill
The pauses of the trump and cloud
With whispers small and still.
"My Namesake" by John Greenleaf Whittier
One night he sat before a smouldering fire,
His head bowed down with grief,
Trying with those weak wits of his to compass
Some scheme for their relief.
"Hop-O-My-Thumb" by Clara Doty Bates
And all my being feeling this, I bow
Before the maiden as she stands, and take
My life's sure guidance from her noble brow,
That wears its soft compassion for my sake.
"Agnes" by Alexander Anderson