from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A device used to determine geographic direction, usually consisting of a magnetic needle or needles horizontally mounted or suspended and free to pivot until aligned with the earth's magnetic field.
- n. Another device, such as a radio compass or a gyrocompass, used for determining geographic direction.
- n. A V-shaped device for describing circles or circular arcs and for taking measurements, consisting of a pair of rigid, end-hinged legs, one of which is equipped with a pen, pencil, or other marker and the other with a sharp point providing a pivot about which the drawing leg is turned. Also called pair of compasses.
- n. An enclosing line or boundary; a circumference: outside the compass of the fence. See Synonyms at circumference.
- n. A restricted space or area: four huge crates within the compass of the elevator.
- n. Range or scope, as of understanding, perception, or authority: "Lacking a coherent intellectual and moral commitment, [he] was forced to find his compass in personal experience” ( Doris Kearns Goodwin). See Synonyms at range.
- n. Music See range.
- transitive v. To make a circuit of; circle: The sailboat compassed the island.
- transitive v. To surround; encircle. See Synonyms at surround.
- transitive v. To understand; comprehend.
- transitive v. To succeed in carrying out; accomplish. See Synonyms at reach.
- transitive v. To scheme; plot.
- adj. Forming a curved configuration.
- adj. Semicircular. Used of bow windows.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A magnetic or electronic device used to determine the cardinal directions (usually magnetic or true north).
- n. A pair of compasses (a device used to draw an arc or circle).
- n. The range of notes of a musical instrument or voice.
- n. A space within limits; area.
- n. Scope.
- v. To surround; to encircle; to environ; to stretch round.
- v. To go about or round entirely; to traverse.
- v. To accomplish; to reach; to achieve; to obtain.
- v. To plot; to scheme (against someone).
- adv. In a circuit; round about.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A passing round; circuit; circuitous course.
- n. An inclosing limit; boundary; circumference.
- n. An inclosed space; an area; extent.
- n. Extent; reach; sweep; capacity; sphere.
- n. Moderate bounds, limits of truth; moderation; due limits; -- used with within.
- n. The range of notes, or tones, within the capacity of a voice or instrument.
- n. 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.
- n. A pair of compasses.
- n. A circle; a continent.
- transitive v. To go about or entirely round; to make the circuit of.
- transitive v. To inclose on all sides; to surround; to encircle; to environ; to invest; to besiege; -- used with about, round, around, and round about.
- transitive v. To reach round; to circumvent; to get within one's power; to obtain; to accomplish.
- transitive v. To curve; to bend into a circular form.
- transitive v. To purpose; to intend; to imagine; to plot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To stretch round; extend about so as to embrace; inclose; encircle; environ; surround.
- To go about or round; make the circuit of.
- To obtain; attain to; procure; gain; bring within one's power; accomplish.
- To purpose; intend; imagine; plot; contrive.
- To canvass; reflect upon; ponder.
- To bend in the form of a circle or curve; make circular or curved: as, to compass timber for a ship.
- Synonyms To achieve, bring about, effect, secure.
- In a compass or curve; in archery, at an elevation.
- To the limit.
- To grasp mentally; comprehend.
- To adjust or orient by means of a compass.
- To level a compass.
- n. A circle.
- n. Specifically—2. The circle of the earth.
- n. A passing round or in a circle; a circular course; a circuit; round; circumference.
- n. Range or extent within limits; hence, limit or boundary; limits.
- n. In music, the total range or number of tones which a given voice or instrument is capable of producing.
- n. Contrivance; scheme; plotting; plan.
- n. An instrument used to indicate the magnetic meridian, or the direction of objects with reference to that meridian.
- n. A mathematical instrument for describing circles, or for measuring figures, distances between two points, etc.: commonly in the plural.
- n. In zoology, the radius of the dentary apparatus of a sea-urchin. See radius, and cut under lantern.
- n. In archery, elevation of the arrow in shooting.
- n. To keep within bounds.
- n. [capitalized] In astronomy, a small southern constellation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. get the meaning of something
- n. navigational instrument for finding directions
- v. travel around, either by plane or ship
- v. bring about; accomplish
- n. an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:
- n. the limit of capability
- n. drafting instrument used for drawing circles
"The book, though small in compass, is evidently the work of great research and reflection, and is a valuable acquisition to historical literature."
Poems: Descriptive, Dramatic, Legendary and Contemplative, by William Gilmore Simms, Esq. In Two Volumes: Vol. II. I. Southern Passages and Pictures; II. Historical and Dramatic Sketches; III. Scripture Legends; IV. Francesca Da Rimini
Agreed with hengst, just another thing to add on, if his compass is the type (as most are) with a rotating housing, he cant use the marking within the housing to keep on his original bearing, otherwise mistakes in shooting short bearings could result in compounding misdirection.
And this compass is the best I can make – though my next will be. better!
The possession of a compass is an indication that the subject of "escaping" has been thought of, and the question, "Have you a compass?" is the prison-camp way of saying, "What do you think of making a try?"
So what happens if that compass is off-course with my readers?
Somehow I think your inner compass is guiding you just fine.
One of the most serious examples where a recalibration of the moral compass is urgently needed concerns the 3,400 Iranian dissidents residing in Camp Ashraf, northeast of Baghdad.
Hilzoy notes another exchange in the interview that makes it pretty clear where Mr. Cheney's moral compass is pointing.
His moral compass is always working, but so is his empathy -- no point of view is so alien to him that he cannot understand it and portray it.
Those who are told that in war, especially, keeping a moral inner compass is crucial.