• Beam-Compass or Trammel Points. Winged Dividers.  Outside Calipers.  Inside Calipers
    Beam-Compass or Trammel Points. Winged Dividers. Outside Calipers. Inside Calipers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v compass get the meaning of something "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
    • v compass travel around, either by plane or ship "We compassed the earth"
    • v compass bring about; accomplish "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"
    • n compass navigational instrument for finding directions
    • n compass drafting instrument used for drawing circles
    • n 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"
    • n compass the limit of capability "within the compass of education"
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Boxing the Compass Boxing the Compass

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Honeybees use the sun as a compass which helps them navigate
    • Compass (Shipbuilding) A circle; a continent. "The tryne compas the threefold world containing earth, sea, and heaven. Skeat.""Its leaves are turned to the north as true as the magnet:
      This is the compass flower ."
    • Compass A pair of compasses. "To fix one foot of their compass wherever they please."
    • Compass A passing round; circuit; circuitous course. "They fetched a compass of seven day's journey.""This day I breathed first; time is come round,
      And where I did begin, there shall I end;
      My life is run his compass ."
    • Compass An inclosed space; an area; extent. "Their wisdom . . . lies in a very narrow compass ."
    • Compass An inclosing limit; boundary; circumference; as, within the compass of an encircling wall.
    • Compass 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. "He that first discovered the use of the compass did more for the supplying and increase of useful commodities than those who built workhouses."
    • Compass Extent; reach; sweep; capacity; sphere; as, the compass of his eye; the compass of imagination. "The compass of his argument."
    • Compass Moderate bounds, limits of truth; moderation; due limits; -- used with within. "In two hundred years before (I speak within compass ), no such commission had been executed."
    • Compass (Mus) The range of notes, or tones, within the capacity of a voice or instrument. "You would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass ."
    • Compass To curve; to bend into a circular form.
    • Compass To go about or entirely round; to make the circuit of. "Ye shall compass the city seven times.""We the globe can compass soon."
    • Compass To inclose on all sides; to surround; to encircle; to environ; to invest; to besiege; -- used with about round around, and round about. "With terrors and with clamors compassed round.""Now all the blessings
      Of a glad father compass thee about."
      "Thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round."
    • Compass (Law) To purpose; to intend; to imagine; to plot. "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."
    • Compass To reach round; to circumvent; to get within one's power; to obtain; to accomplish. "If I can check my erring love, I will:
      If not, to compass her I'll use my skill."
      "How can you hope to compass your designs?"
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If a person were to ask what is the most northern point in the United States, the most Southern point in the United States, and so on, 3 of the 4 compass directions are located in alaska. North East and West
    • n compass A circle.
    • n compass Specifically—2. The circle of the earth.
    • n compass A passing round or in a circle; a circular course; a circuit; round; circumference.
    • n compass Range or extent within limits; hence, limit or boundary; limits.
    • n compass In music, the total range or number of tones which a given voice or instrument is capable of producing. The compass of a single voice is usually from two to three octaves. The effective compass of a mixed chorus is about three octaves and two tones ; but exceptional singers extend this about an octave up and down. The compass of the modern pianoforte is usually seven octaves and three tones . The compass of the modern orchestra is about six octaves .
    • n compass Contrivance; scheme; plotting; plan.
    • n compass An instrument used to indicate the magnetic meridian, or the direction of objects with reference to that meridian. The mariners' or ship's compass consists of three parts, viz., the bowl, the card, and the needle. The bowl, which contains the card and needle, is usually a hemispherical brass receptacle, suspended by two concentric brass rings (called gimbals) in such a manner that the bowl is kept in a horizontal position, notwithstanding the motion of the ship. The circular card is divided into 32 equal parts by lines drawn from the center to the circumference, the points of intersection with the circumference (or the radial lines, or rhumbs, themselves) being called the points of the compass. The intervals between the points are also divided into halves and quarters. The whole circumference is divided into 360 degrees; consequently, the angle between any two adjoining points is 11° 15′ . The four principal divisions (dividing the circumference into four equal parts) are called the cardinal points, viz., north, east, south, and west. The names of the others are compounded of these; and if the direction or bearing referred to lies between any two points, quarter or half points are added, as N. E. by E. ½ E.; or it is expressed in degrees, as south 42° west. The needles, of which there are generally from two to four, fastened to the bottom of the card, consist either of laminæ or layers of hardened steel or of bundles of steel wire. In the center of the card is a conical socket poised on an upright pin fixed in the bottom of the bowl, so that the card hanging on the pin turns freely round its center. On shipboard the compass is so flxed that a black mark, called the lubber's line, coincides with an imaginary line parallel to the keel of the ship, and the point of the compass-card which is directly against this line indicates the direction of the ship's head. The indication is, however, subject to a certain modification, owing to the variation of the magnetic meridian (see variation) and the deviation of the needle caused by the iron in the ship (see deviation of the compass, under deviation). The regulation compass in the United States navy, and the one also used on many mail-steamers, is known as Ritchie's liquid compass, in which the card is a skeleton, and the bowl, having a glass top, after being filled with a fluid composed of about one third alcohol and two thirds water, is hermetically sealed.
    • n compass A mathematical instrument for describing circles, or for measuring figures, distances between two points, etc.: commonly in the plural. Compasses consist of two pointed legs, movable on a joint or pivot, and are usually so made that the points can be detached for the insertion of a pen- or pencil-holder, an extension of the leg, etc. Also called dividers. (See bowcompasses, below.)
    • n compass In zoology, the radius of the dentary apparatus of a sea-urchin. See radius, and cut under lantern.
    • n compass In archery, elevation of the arrow in shooting.
    • n compass To keep within bounds.
    • compass To stretch round; extend about so as to embrace; inclose; encircle; environ; surround.
    • compass To go about or round; make the circuit of.
    • compass To obtain; attain to; procure; gain; bring within one's power; accomplish.
    • compass To purpose; intend; imagine; plot; contrive.
    • compass To canvass; reflect upon; ponder.
    • compass To bend in the form of a circle or curve; make circular or curved: as, to compass timber for a ship.
    • compass Synonyms To achieve, bring about, effect, secure.
    • compass In a compass or curve; in archery, at an elevation.
    • compass To the limit.
    • n compass [capitalized] In astronomy, a small southern constellation.
    • compass To grasp mentally; comprehend.
    • compass To adjust or orient by means of a compass.
    • compass To level a compass.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Escape maps, compasses, and files were inserted into Monopoly game boards and smuggled into POW camps inside Germany during W.W.II; real money for escapees was slipped into the packs of Monopoly money.
    • n Compass kum′pas a circuit or circle: space: limit: range, a limit of tones of a voice or instrument: the circumference: girth: an instrument consisting of a magnetised needle, used to steer ships by, &c., the needle indicating on a card the absolute directions at any given time:
    • v.t Compass to pass or go round: to surround or enclose: to besiege: to bring about or obtain: to contrive or plot: to accomplish
    • n Compass kum′pas (pl.) an instrument consisting of two movable legs, for describing circles, &c
    • ***


  • Lord Byron
    “The dew of compassion is a tear.”
  • William Cowper
    “Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will.”
  • Everett M. Dirksen
    Everett M. Dirksen
    “The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion; constitutionality is no match with compassion.”
  • Rush Limbaugh
    Rush Limbaugh
    “Compassion is no substitute for justice.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “He who feels no compassion will become insane.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    “I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humanness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. compas, fr. LL. compassus, circle, prop., a stepping together; com-, + passus, pace, step. See Pace Pass
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. compas, a circle, prob. from Low L. compassus—L. com, together, passus, a step.


In literature:

Then, turning from a look at the compass, he saw that the yacht's owner was on the bridge.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Let's see your compass, Kid.
"Roy Blakeley's Bee-line Hike" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
There were no divinity but by reason of compassion; for revenges are brutish and mortal.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
He desisted, shaking like a leaf, and sick with compassion; and he knew he would never be able to do it.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
This compassion that others felt for him weighed sorely on his little heart.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
There was a trace of compassion in her eyes.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Herault of Armes in ye compasse of Armoury.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
Nina was stung by compassion.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
He never launches from the shore Without the compass, sail, and oar.
"Fables of John Gay" by John Gay

In poetry:

Stand in patient courage still,
Working out thy Master's will,
Compass good, and conquer ill;
Never mind!
"Never Mind!" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Spirit of holiness, descend:
Thy people wait for Thee;
Thine ear in kind compassion lend;
Let us Thy mercy see.
"Spirit of Holiness, Descend" by Samuel Francis Smith
The time when first I fell in love,
Which now I must lament;
The year wherein I lost such time
To compass my content.
"The Time When I First Fell In Love" by Anonymous Americas
This was compassion like a God,
That when the Savior knew
The price of pardon was his blood,
His pity ne'er withdrew.
"Hymn 4" by Isaac Watts
Hail, O Mother of compassion!
Hail, O Mother of fair love!
Hail, our Lady of the Passion!
Hail beneath and hail above!
"The Annunciation" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
NEAR GLARIS, on a mountain's side,
Beneath a shad'wy wood,
With walls of ivy compass'd round,
An ancient Castle stood.
"Sir Raymond of the Castle" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

Compass Minerals International Moves Up In Market Cap Rank, Passing JDS Uniphase .
Vengeance Is Ours Misplaced compassion harms not only the victims' families but all of society.
Compass Biotechnologies Inc.'s Wholly Owned Subsidiary, 1World Direct US Inc, to Service 10 Billion Dollar Sector.
Compass Biotechnologies Inc (PINKSHEETS: COBI) and 1World Direct US Inc, ("1World").
World affairs council at the Bettendorf Public Library: Religion and Compassion.
Gear review of the Wot -tac Tactical Aid-- an electronic compass.
The power of human compassion.
Ray Velez, 35, of Wantagh, is a social worker for the Amityville school district and director of the COMPASS program.
Amazed By Writers' Lack Of Compassion.
I am absolutely amazed by the lack of compassion and consideration of people.
Health Care Heroes project clarity amidst confusion, compassion amidst suffering.
A plea for compassion in nursing.
Ann Clwyd MP has said that she will begin a campaign for greater compassion and care in nursing, after standing up in parliament to voice her concerns.
Nurses around the world show care and compassion for their patients and profession every day, and now the exclusive retailer blue sky co. Is teaming up with Toyota to return some of the love.
MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette file photo Erik Hileski juices marihuana plants at The Med Joint Community Compassion Center in Oshtemo.

In science:

Thus, in this paper we propose a new and extremely simple method that allows one to construct Fresnel formulas by ruler and compass.
Constructing Fresnel reflection coefficients by ruler and compass
Geometrical construction by ruler and compass is a fascinating problem since ancient times, and offers the additional advantage for the students of easily visualizing the steps of any construction and how it varies for different inputs.
Constructing Fresnel reflection coefficients by ruler and compass
The method given in this paper provides a geometrical construction for getting the values of the Fresnel reflection coefficients by ruler and compass.
Constructing Fresnel reflection coefficients by ruler and compass
FIG. 3: Sketch of the method for getting the reflection coefficient r⊥ by ruler and compass.
Constructing Fresnel reflection coefficients by ruler and compass
Compass directions “north”, “east”, “south” and “west”, are used even more loosely.
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