• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Compensator (Naut) An iron plate or magnet placed near the compass on iron vessels to neutralize the effect of the ship's attraction on the needle.
    • Compensator One who, or that which, compensates; -- a name applied to various mechanical devices.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n compensator One who or that which compensates. Specifically— A magnet or mass of soft iron so placed as to neutralize the effects of local attraction on the needle of a compass. Also called correcting-plate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Compensator one who or that which compensates
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  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “A stiff apology is a second insult. The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    “Getting talked about is one of the penalties for being pretty, while being above suspicion is about the only compensation for being homely.”
  • Charles Dudley Warner
    Charles Dudley Warner
    “It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. com, inten., and pensāre, freq. of pendĕre, to weigh.


In literature:

The glory of that find would go far to compensate him for his daily traffic with mediocrity.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
Cyrus seized Babylon, and felt so sorry for these poor captive Jews that, without a dollar of compensation, he let them go home.
"New Tabernacle Sermons" by Thomas De Witt Talmage
An artist may toil on unrecognized, yet with the deep delight of his art as compensation.
"The Bell in the Fog and Other Stories" by Gertrude Atherton
No amount of bodily comfort could compensate Fifi for having to have it.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
She has therefore lost her free intercourse with Spain and Cuba without any compensating benefits in this market.
"Messages and Papers of William McKinley V.2." by William McKinley
They must be restored, and compensation must be arranged for them at the peace.
"Letters To "The Times" Upon War And Neutrality (1881-1920)" by Thomas Erskine Holland
But the good man had his compensation as well as his trials.
"William Lloyd Garrison" by Archibald H. Grimke
The compensation which this refinery was paying yearly amounted to as much as 75,000 yen.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
The arms must not be forcibly extended nor held rigidly; if they are, a compensating faulty curve will occur in the lumbar region.
"Military Instructors Manual" by James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
After many negotiations extending over several years, compensation was found for Albert in Friesland.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson

In poetry:

And rarely at the dawn or eve,
And rarely in the night,
Down from the altar I receive
A compensating light.
"The Offering" by Annie Adams Fields
"In His strength go forward boldly,
Bear the banner of the Cross,
And its victories shall surely
Compensate thy every loss.
"Caleb's Vision" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
What if her loss be really gain,
That zone of silence a defence,
A compensation for her pain,
A quickening of her psychic sense?
"In Silence" by John Lawson Stoddard
I'm old and nearly useless now,
Each day a greater weakling proves me:
There's compensation anyhow:
I still possess a wife that loves me.
"After the Golden Wedding (Three Soliloquies)" by James Kenneth Stephen
What a day will that be, when the Saviour appears!
How welcome to those who have shared in His cross!
A crown incorruptible then will be theirs,
A rich compensation for suffering and loss.
"The night is far spent, and the day is at hand:" by Thomas Kelly
And this must be the prime of life… I blink,
As if at pain; for it is pain, to think
This pantomime
Of compensating act and counter-act
Defeat and counterfeit, makes up, in fact
My ablest time.
"Maturity" by Philip Larkin

In news:

How do you compensate unhappy clients.
Sales Continue to Fall Nationwide, Many Cut Payroll to Compensate .
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Some Operators Raise Front Loader Prices to Compensate for Lower Sales.
) said yesterday it will pay Eurotrain US$65 million in compensation for dumping the consortium and choosing a Japanese consortium to build Taiwan's high-speed rail system.
Tucson News NowUS Drug Watchdog Now Urges Any Woman Who Has A Transvaginal Mesh, Tape, Or Sling Failure To Call Them The Names of the Best Possible Women Attorneys-Get Compensated .
Johnny Thomas be compensated .
Wednesday's Sound Off Question: Should former Milwaukee County Supervisor Johnny Thomas be compensated after being found not guilty.
This well- compensated architect designs for the horse, of course.
Will I be compensated for an airline's mistake.
Travel Q&A: Will I be compensated for European flight delay.
If your flight leaves you stranded in Frankfurt or another European Union city, you may be entitled to compensation.
The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case that could decide whether pet owners can be compensated in lawsuits for their animal's sentimental value.
TALLAHASSEE — Only three wrongfully convicted people have received compensation totaling $3.2 million under a Florida law passed four years ago, and an advocate said Tuesday that it's unlikely many more will be paid.
Duped Queens cell customers compensated .

In science:

In SUSY models where the DM particle is a neutralino, samplings of the MSSM parameter space show that this compensation is a typical outcome.
Spectra of neutrinos from dark matter annihilations
This effect is partly compensated by ντ and NC regeneration, that re-inject more neutrinos below about 100 GeV.
Spectra of neutrinos from dark matter annihilations
The Wronskian W (x, y ) = bn (xn+1yn − xnyn+1) is independent of n and therefore the growth rate of the vectors compensate each other so that the Wronskian remains constant.
Random discrete Schr\"odinger operators from Random Matrix Theory
This equation allows one to find the compensating so(4,1) transformation Φc ≡ Φc (Φ, g ).
New Integrable System of 2dim Fermions from Strings on AdS_5 x S^5
Actually to determine the transformation law for the variables v the compensating matrix Φc is not needed.
New Integrable System of 2dim Fermions from Strings on AdS_5 x S^5