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Definition of Compass


  1. A passing round; circuit; circuitous course.
  2. An inclosing limit; boundary; circumference; as, within the compass of an encircling wall.
  3. An inclosed space; an area; extent.
  4. Extent; reach; sweep; capacity; sphere; as, the compass of his eye; the compass of imagination.
  5. Moderate bounds, limits of truth; moderation; due limits; -- used with within.
  6. The range of notes, or tones, within the capacity of a voice or instrument.
  7. 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.
  8. A pair of compasses.
  9. A circle; a continent.
  10. To go about or entirely round; to make the circuit of.
  11. To inclose on all sides; to surround; to encircle; to environ; to invest; to besiege; -- used with about, round, around, and round about.
  12. To reach round; to circumvent; to get within one's power; to obtain; to accomplish.
  13. To curve; to bend into a circular form.
  14. To purpose; to intend; to imagine; to plot.
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Compass Translations

compass in Danish is kompas
compass in Dutch is kompas
compass in Finnish is kompassi
compass in French is compas, boussole
compass in Norwegian is kompass
compass in Swedish is kompass