Definitions of compass

  1.   the limit of capability; " within the compass of education"
  2.   A circuit or circle: space: limit: range: an instrument consisting of a magnetized needle, used to steer ships by, etc. - To fetch a COMPASS, to make a circuit, to go round:- pl. COMPASSES, an instrument consisting of two movable legs, for describing circles, etc.
  3.   An inclosed space; an area; extent.
  4.   A curved bifid structure, part of Aristotle's lantern.
  5.   To surround; obtain; plot.
  6.   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.
  7.   A passing round; circuit; circuitous course.
  8.   an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: " the range of a supersonic jet"; " the ambit of municipal legislation"; " within the compass of this article"; " within the scope of an investigation"; " outside the reach of the law"; " in the political orbit of a world power"
  9.   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.
  10.   To inclose on all sides; to surround; to encircle; to environ; to invest; to besiege; -- used with about, round, around, and round about.
  11.   To curve; to bend into a circular form.
  12.   A circle; a circumference; extent; moderate bounds; an instrument used on ships for finding the directions, north, south, east, and west.
  13.   drafting instrument used for drawing circles
  14.   Extent; reach; sweep; capacity; sphere; as, the compass of his eye; the compass of imagination.
  15.   To pass or go round: to surround or inclose: to besiege: to bring about or obtain: to contrive or plot.
  16.   A pair of compasses.
  17.   To go about or entirely round; to make the circuit of.
  18.   Extent within limits; scope; circuit; a boundary; bounds; due limits.
  19.   bring about; accomplish; " This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"
  20.   A circle; a continent.
  21.   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.
  22.   To encircle; walk around; to accomplish; attain; besiege.
  23.   Circuit; space; limit; magnetic instrument to indicate the north.
  24.   navigational instrument for finding directions
  25.   An instrument for determining directions by the pointing of a magnetic needle northward, as in the mariners compass.
  26.   get the meaning of something; " Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
  27.   Moderate bounds, limits of truth; moderation; due limits; -- used with within.
  28.   The range of a voice or instrument.
  29.   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.
  30.   To attain; plan for; comprehend; surround; encompass.
  31.   travel around, either by plane or ship; " We compassed the earth"
  32.   To reach round; to circumvent; to get within one's power; to obtain; to accomplish.
  33.   The range of notes, or tones, within the capacity of a voice or instrument.
  34.   To purpose; to intend; to imagine; to plot.
  35.   An inclosing limit; boundary; circumference; as, within the compass of an encircling wall.

Quotes of compass

  1. The line that describes the beautiful is elliptical. It has simplicity and constant change. It cannot be described by a compass and it changes direction at every one of its points. – Rudolf Arnheim
  2. There are two ways to go about it. You can take a compass and draw a perfect circle and make two perfect eyes as neat as can be. Or you can do it freehand and have some fun with it. Like I did. Give it character. – Harvey Ball
  3. If people use common sense and their own guiding moral compass I think they'll generally stay out of trouble. – Steve Chabot
  4. Prithee don't screw your wit beyond the compass of good manners. – Colley Cibber
  5. To be completely woman you need a master, and in him a compass for your life. You need a man you can look up to and respect. If you dethrone him it's no wonder that you are discontented, and discontented women are not loved for long. – Marlene Dietrich
  6. Though pleas'd to see the dolphins play, I mind my compass and my way. – Matthew Green
  7. You can expect to find these four priorities- education, economic vitality, efficiency in government and the protection of families- woven into my decisions as Governor. They will serve as my compass as I work with you to chart a future course for our state. – Dave Heineman
  8. Truth lies within a little and certain compass but error is immense. – Henry St. John
  9. I would step into a place of being lined up with a sense of purpose and my inner compass and everything was going in the same direction. Then I'd get lazy and get off the track. And then things would start to fall apart, and I'd back up and get it together again. – Kathy Mattea
  10. It is necessary to keep one's compass in one's eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute, but the eye judges. – Michelangelo
  11. Your inner knowing is your only true compass – Joy Page
  12. A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy. – Walter Scott
  13. He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast. – Leonardo da Vinci
  14. There are no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism. – Robert Charles Winthrop

Usage examples for compass

  1. He opened the carpet- bag, and drew forth a ship's compass which he consulted. ” – The Wheel O' Fortune by Louis Tracy
  2. The ships were crowded together in so small a compass that scarcely one weapon fell into the sea without taking effect. ” – The History of Rome; Books Nine to Twenty-Six by Titus Livius
  3. You had best get the compass up; I can't make out the point sometimes through the mist." ” – A Chapter of Adventures by G. A. Henty
  4. “ I would engage to travel as straight as the best Indian of them all, by looking at my compass once in half an hour. ” – Satanstoe by James Fenimore Cooper
  5. “ I stood pledged to Miss Rossano to rescue her father from that horrible long- drawn imprisonment if the courage, or the wit, of man could compass it; and I meant, with all my heart and soul, to keep my word. ” – In Direst Peril by David Christie Murray
  6. Rick set a compass course for St. Thomas, flying just under the clouds. ” – The Wailing Octopus by Harold Leland Goodwin
  7. He glanced at the compass – The Captain of the Kansas by Louis Tracy
  8. From time to time he consulted the compass on the board before him, and changed his course ever so slightly. ” – The Clue of the Twisted Candle by Edgar Wallace
  9. This fire in its progress met with a lake of four miles in compass and it was not only satisfied to fill it up, though it was four fathom deep, but hath made of it a mountain. ” – Observations on Mount Vesuvius, Mount Etna, and Other Volcanos by William Hamilton
  10. That which may be put into a smaller compass – The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island by Roger Thompson Finlay
  11. “ " Miss Holland came up to the islands as your governess, I understand," I said in as matter- of- fact tone as I could compass – The Spy in Black by J. Storer Clouston
  12. He looked at his compass – Cat and Mouse by Ralph Williams
  13. As I told Miss Gertrude, I would have done a much worse thing to compass the same end. ” – A Romance in Transit by Francis Lynde
  14. They could no longer leave their home, their father being helpless and Branwell worse than helpless; yet, with ever- increasing expenses and no earnings, bare living was difficult to compass – Emily Brontë by A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
  15. The American calmly examined the compass as did the boys. ” – The Blind Lion of the Congo by Elliott Whitney
  16. Ignorant of their whereabouts, they could only trust to chance and the compass unless they should presently come upon Belgians whom they might ask to direct them. ” – A Hero of Liége by Herbert Strang
  17. Keeping his direction with the aid of his compass Carnes led the way forward, counting his steps. ” – The Great Drought by Sterner St. Paul Meek
  18. We'll all go along with him and when he comes to the end of his eight hundred and eighty yards why all there is for us to do is to stop and change the direction according to the compass and start out again. ” – The Go Ahead Boys and Simon's Mine by Ross Kay
  19. Now the compass in actual fact does not always and everywhere point due north. ” – The Dawn of Canadian History: A Chronicle of Aboriginal Canada by Stephen Leacock
  20. Smith was captured once by the Indians, and, instead of telling them that he was by birth a gent, he gave them a course of lectures on the use of the compass and how to learn where one is at. ” – Comic History of the United States by Bill Nye

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