Compass - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkʌmpəs|  American pronunciation of the word compass
Brit.  |ˈkʌmpəs|  British pronunciation of the word compass

noun

- navigational instrument for finding directions
- an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:(syn: ambit, orbit, range, reach, scope)
- the limit of capability(syn: grasp, range, reach)
- drafting instrument used for drawing circles

verb

- bring about; accomplish
- travel around, either by plane or ship(syn: circumnavigate)
- get the meaning of something (syn: apprehend, comprehend, dig, grasp, grok, savvy)

Examples

...attempting more than his modest abilities could compass...

...the great age of exploration, when ships of sail compassed the earth...

He always carries a compass when he walks in the woods.

His religion is the compass that guides him.

Interest rates serve as a compass for determining whether to buy or sell stocks.

The character in the movie had no moral compass to tell him that stealing was wrong.

Here is a way for you to find north and south without using a compass.

Such detail falls far beyond the compass of this report.

We were compassed round by a very thick fog.

The enemy troops have compassed them in.

He attempted to compass his ends by violent means.

Within the brief compass of a single page, the author covers most of the major points.

within the compass of this article

This writer attempts more than his talents can compass

We compassed the earth

Word forms

noun
singular: compass
plural: compasses
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