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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.

Compass Quotations

It is far more important to me to preserve an unblemished conscience than to compass any object however great.
William Ellery Channing

There are two ways to go about it. You can take a compass and draw a perfect circle and make two perfect eyes as neat as can be. Or you can do it freehand and have some fun with it. Like I did. Give it character.
Harvey Ball

He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.
Leonardo da Vinci

When you're going into an employment environment that looks pretty scary, it is easy to lose your moral compass, your decency, your sense of civility and your sense of community.
Henry Rollins

Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.
Marcus Aurelius
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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
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