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

First recorded in 1775–85
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Historical Examples of beam compass

  • The beam-compass, Fig. 208, consists of two trammel-points running on a beam which may be made of any convenient length.

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    William Noyes


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 slideAlso called: trammel
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