- Also called Mariner's Compass.the constellation Pyxis.
- Compasses,the constellation Circinus.
verb (used with object)
- compass card,
- compass course,
- compass deviation,
- compass deviation card,
- compass north
Origin of compass
Examples from the Web for 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|Anna Nemtsova|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It radiates her inner light and compass, her disregard for status quo.Why Maya Angelou Loved Sherry, The Drink of Brilliant Renegades|Jordan Salcito|June 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He goes on to compass the very nature of memory by way of considering how we memorialize mass death.
As a lifelong reader, I have rarely had any sort of compass to guide me.
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|Yunte Huang|June 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He had recourse, therefore, to the most perfidious means to compass his destruction.Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada|Washington Irving
"But I hardly think Max would ever need a compass," Bandy-legs observed.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods|Lawrence J. Leslie
"You must be your own judge of that," replied Christy, as he dropped down on the floor, with the compass in his hand.Taken by the Enemy|Oliver Optic
She began boxing the compass and only once did she pause until she had gone all the way around the card.The Meadow-Brook Girls by the Sea|Janet Aldridge
The compass of his song, Let Glorys Clarion, extended over seventeen notes.Haunted London|Walter Thornbury
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.