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beam compass

noun, Drafting.
1.
a compass having adjustable legs, set perpendicular to the paper and sliding along a horizontal bar so as to permit the drawing of large circles.
Origin of beam compass
1775-1785
First recorded in 1775-85
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British Dictionary definitions for beam compass

beam compass

noun
1.
an instrument for drawing large circles or arcs, consisting of a horizontal beam along which two vertical legs slide Also called trammel
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