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compass

[ kuhm-puhs ]
/ ˈkʌm pəs /
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Definition of compass

noun
adjective
curved; forming a curve or arc: a compass timber; compass roof.
verb (used with object)
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Origin of compass

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English compassen<Old French compasser to measure <Vulgar Latin *compāssāre, equivalent to compāss(us) equal step (Latin com-com- + pāssuspace1) + -āre v. suffix; (noun) Middle English compas<Old French, derivative of compasser

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3. See range.

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British Dictionary definitions for compass

compass
/ (ˈkʌmpəs) /

noun
verb (tr)

Derived forms of compass

compassable, adjective

Word Origin for compass

C13: from Old French compas, from compasser to measure, from Vulgar Latin compassāre (unattested) to pace out, ultimately from Latin passus step
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Scientific definitions for compass

compass
[ kŭmpəs ]

A device used to determine geographical direction, usually consisting of a magnetic needle mounted on a pivot, aligning itself naturally with the Earth's magnetic field so that it points to the Earth's geomagnetic north or south pole.
A device used for drawing circles and arcs and for measuring distances on maps, consisting of two legs hinged together at one end.
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