Definitions of compass

  1. To encircle; walk around; to accomplish; attain; besiege.
  2. To pass or go round: to surround or inclose: to besiege: to bring about or obtain: to contrive or plot.
  3. To surround; obtain; plot.
  4. travel around, either by plane or ship; " We compassed the earth"
  5. To stretch round; to encircle; to surround; to invest; to go or walk round; to obtain; to accomplish; to contrive or plot. To fetch a compass, to make a circuit.
  6. navigational instrument for finding directions
  7. drafting instrument used for drawing circles
  8. the limit of capability; " within the compass of education"
  9. A passing round; circuit; circuitous course.
  10. An inclosing limit; boundary; circumference; as, within the compass of an encircling wall.
  11. An inclosed space; an area; extent.
  12. Moderate bounds, limits of truth; moderation; due limits; -- used with within.
  13. The range of notes, or tones, within the capacity of a voice or instrument.
  14. An instrument for determining directions upon the earth's surface by means of a magnetized bar or needle turning freely upon a pivot and pointing in a northerly and southerly direction.
  15. A pair of compasses.
  16. A circle; a continent.
  17. To go about or entirely round; to make the circuit of.
  18. To inclose on all sides; to surround; to encircle; to environ; to invest; to besiege; -- used with about, round, around, and round about.
  19. To reach round; to circumvent; to get within one's power; to obtain; to accomplish.
  20. To curve; to bend into a circular form.
  21. To purpose; to intend; to imagine; to plot.
  22. A circle; a circumference; extent; moderate bounds; an instrument used on ships for finding the directions, north, south, east, and west.
  23. Circuit; space; limit; magnetic instrument to indicate the north.
  24. The range of a voice or instrument.
  25. An instrument for determining directions by the pointing of a magnetic needle northward, as in the mariners compass.
  26. Circuit; space; limit; reach; range; moderate bounds or due limits; an instrument contrived to indicate the magnetic meridian and so ascertain direction, especially in determining and guiding the course of a ship at sea.
  27. Grasp; reach; space; extent; the limit or boundary of anything- applied to anything that can be measured or limited; a circuit; a circumference; the magnetic needle or mariner's compass; a guide; a direction.
  28. A curved bifid structure, part of Aristotle's lantern.