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compass meaning and definition

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Definition of compass (noun)

  1. navigational instrument for finding directions
  2. an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control
    • "the range of a supersonic jet"; "a piano has a greater range than the human voice"; "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"
    • synonyms: ambit, orbit, range, reach, scope
  3. the limit of capability
  4. drafting instrument used for drawing circles


Definition of compass (verb)

  1. bring about; accomplish
    • "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"
  2. travel around, either by plane or ship
  3. get the meaning of something
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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