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.
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Origin of beam compass
First recorded in 1775–85
Words nearby beam compass
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Example sentences from the Web for beam compass
The beam-compass, Fig. 208, consists of two trammel-points running on a beam which may be made of any convenient length.Handwork in Wood|William Noyes
British Dictionary definitions for beam compass
an instrument for drawing large circles or arcs, consisting of a horizontal beam along which two vertical legs slideAlso called: trammel
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