from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Musca and Triangulum Australe.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A small constellation of the southern winter sky, said to resemble a compass. It lies between the constellations of Centaurus and Triangulum Australe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Compasses, a small southern constellation made by Lacaille in 1752.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small faint constellation in the southern hemisphere near Musca and Triangulum Australe
Latin circinus, pair of compasses, from circus, circle; see circle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1763. From Latin circinus ("a pair of compasses") (Wiktionary)