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    Beam-Compass or Trammel Points. Winged Dividers. Outside Calipers. Inside Calipers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n compassion the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it
    • n compassion a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Honeybees use the sun as a compass which helps them navigate
    • n Compassion Literally, suffering with another; a sensation of sorrow excited by the distress or misfortunes of another; pity; commiseration. "Womanly ingenuity set to work by womanly compassion ."
    • v. t Compassion To pity.
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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 compassion Literally, a suffering with another; hence, a feeling of sorrow or pity excited by the sufferings or misfortunes of another; sympathy; commiseration; pity.
    • n compassion [Twice used in the plural in the authorized version of the Bible.
    • n compassion Synonyms Commiseration, Sympathy, etc. (see pity), kindness, tenderness, clemency, fellow-feeling.
    • compassion To compassionate; pity; commiserate.
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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 Compassion kom-pash′un fellow-feeling, or sorrow for the sufferings of another: pity
    • v.t Compassion to pity
    • v.t Compassion to have compassion for: to have pity or mercy upon
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  • Everett M. Dirksen
    Everett M. Dirksen
    “The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion; constitutionality is no match with compassion.”
  • Meister Eckhart
    “You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty.”
  • Rush Limbaugh
    Rush Limbaugh
    “Compassion is no substitute for justice.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “He who feels no compassion will become insane.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. compassio, fr. compati, to have compassion; com-, + pati, to bear, suffer. See Patient


In literature:

The variation of the compass I found to be 4 deg.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 13" by Robert Kerr
Let him give scope To pride beyond the compass of a man!
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
Therefore this last situation must be in or near the Line, in which the compass has no variation.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 15 (of 18)" by Robert Kerr
First considering the sketch board, compass, pencils, etc.
"Military Instructors Manual" by James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
In compasses consisting simply of a needle, the north end of the needle should have a conspicuous arrow-head.
"The Art of Travel" by Francis Galton
But just now it is a veritable battle-field of the winds, which seem to blow from every point of the compass at once.
"Mr. Fortescue" by William Westall
But surely that purpose ought to be a wonderfully good one, to warrant the methods he has taken to compass it.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Compassion, indignation, love of justice, the determination to see right conquer are his incentives.
"Out To Win" by Coningsby Dawson
South 82 degrees east by the compass.
"A Voyage to the South Sea" by William Bligh
And then there came many noted Brahmanas filled with compassion, and they sat around her.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"

In poetry:

"No outlaw seeks your castle gate,
From chasing the King's deer,
Though even an outlaw's wretched state
Might claim compassion here.
"The Palmer" by Sir Walter Scott
No pathway, no compass can lead,
Alone must thou find the shore,
Alone through the fret and the roar,
Where the mailëd waters tread.
"The Garden Of Fame" by Annie Adams Fields
Tell me about the Master,
Of the wrongs he freely forgave,
Of His love and His tender compassion,
Of His love that is mighty to save.
"Consolation" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Thou, who in her direst anguish,
Sooth'dst thy mother's lonely lot,
In thy still unchanged compassion,
Son of Man! forsake them not!"
"Beechenbrook - I" by Margaret Junkin Preston
"But shed Thy sweet compassion o'er
The people knocking at Thy gate,
Thou art the Master of our fate,
And unto Thee our eyes upsoar."
"The Dwellers In Clay" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
In hearing, reading, singing, pray'r,
When darkness compass'd thee,
Thou found'st or ere thou wast aware,
Thy Husband's light'ning free.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

You may just have a highly-developed moral compass, new study finds.
Horror crash calls for compassion.
KOTO -FM, the Wilkinson Public Library and Telluride Television need your thoughts on compassion in our community.
Lawman's Unwavering Compass Led Him to White House Showdown.
Lawman 's Unwavering Compass Led Him to White House Showdown.
It equates to approximately 1.7 million acts of compassion offered to our youth.
One of those things is the ropes course at The Compass Center in Punta Gorda.
Compass GLCC Lending Library .
Ron White will perform his "Moral Compass" show tonight at Littlejohn .
Casting Nicole Kidman as the glacial, intractably smooth megalomaniac Mrs Coulter in The Golden Compass is no less inspired for being obvious.
Casting Nicole Kidman as The Golden Compass 's glacial, intractably smooth megalomaniac Mrs Coulter is no less inspired for being obvious.
The power of magnetic waves is evident to any Boy Scout with a compass.
Ordinary Compasses Thrown Off by Changes in Earth's Magnetic Field .
With no moral compass , it's all just a 'mistake' for Schwarzenegger.
Mexico to meet Guyana in World Cup qualifier at BBVA Compass Stadium.

In science:

For that purpose they were equipped with several different compass designs, an astronomical quadrant and a Hadley sextant, as well as accurate chronometers built on the principles of Harrison’s ship chronometer (Andrewes 1996).
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
The strongest upper limits on polarization are at the roughly 10 µK level from the POLAR experiment at large angular scales and the PIQUE and COMPASS experiments at smaller scales.
Cosmic Background Radiation Mini-Review
The following corollary is a consequence of the standard algebraic description of compass and straight edge constructions and the two previous theorems [AH].
Totally real origami and impossible paper folding
The dependence on beam direction through N X and N Y implies that a time average in this model also gives rise to compass asymmetries.
Lorentz violation and neutrinos
These could be sought in atmospheric experiments and other experiments where neutrinos originate from different compass directions.
Lorentz violation and neutrinos