- Also called Mariner's Compass.the constellation Pyxis.
- Compasses,the constellation Circinus.
verb (used with object)
Origin of compass
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Contemporary Examples of compass
Muscovites call their favorite station “Ukho Moskvy” (Ear of Moscow) and see it as an institution, a compass for society.The Kremlin Is Killing Echo of Moscow, Russia’s Last Independent Radio Station
November 7, 2014
It radiates her inner light and compass, her disregard for status quo.Why Maya Angelou Loved Sherry, The Drink of Brilliant Renegades
June 15, 2014
He goes on to compass the very nature of memory by way of considering how we memorialize mass death.Geoff Dyer at Sea: Unmoored but on Target
Melissa Holbrook Pierson
May 21, 2014
As a lifelong reader, I have rarely had any sort of compass to guide me.Can Great Literature Really Change Your Life?
January 5, 2014
A hole, though shaped like an ellipse, in which this well-hung stud had placed it would look as if a compass traced it.Read This and Blush: Naughty Medieval French Tales
June 13, 2013
Historical Examples of compass
But, nerved as he was by desperation, he found the task greater than he could compass.Brave and Bold
The rock is very magnetic, and the compass is quite useless.Explorations in Australia
I was tired of trying to steer a course for myself, with no compass to go by.The Conquest of Fear
This fact is sustained by evidences teeming upon us from every point of the compass.Ridgeway
We were without a compass, and steered by the direction of the wind and sea.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Word Origin for compass
c.1300, "space, area, extent, circumference," from Old French compas "circle, radius, pair of compasses" (12c.), from compasser "to go around, measure, divide equally," from Vulgar Latin *compassare "to pace out" (source of Italian compassare, Spanish compasar), from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + passus "a step" (see pace (n.)).
The mathematical instrument so called from mid-14c. The mariners' directional tool (so called since early 15c.) took the name, perhaps, because it's round and has a point like the mathematical instrument. The word is in most European languages, with a mathematical sense in Romance, a nautical sense in Germanic, and both in English.
c.1300, "to devise, plan;" early 14c. as "to surround, contain, envelop, enclose;" from Anglo-French cumpasser, from compass (n.). Related: Compassed; compassing.