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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

Though pleas'd to see the dolphins play, I mind my compass and my way.
Matthew Green

History is not everything, but it is a starting point. History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day. It is a compass they use to find themselves on the map of human geography. It tells them where they are but, more importantly, what they must be.
John Henrik Clarke

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
Saint Augustine

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
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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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