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Meaning & Definition of Compass in English

English

Compass

/kəmpəs/

noun

1. Navigational instrument for finding directions

    synonym:
  • compass

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"
    synonym:
  • scope
  • ,
  • range
  • ,
  • reach
  • ,
  • orbit
  • ,
  • compass
  • ,
  • ambit

3. The limit of capability

  • "Within the compass of education"
    synonym:
  • compass
  • ,
  • range
  • ,
  • reach
  • ,
  • grasp

4. Drafting instrument used for drawing circles

    synonym:
  • compass

verb

1. Bring about

  • Accomplish
  • "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"
    synonym:
  • compass

2. Travel around, either by plane or ship

  • "We compassed the earth"
    synonym:
  • circumnavigate
  • ,
  • compass

3. Get the meaning of something

  • "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
    synonym:
  • grok
  • ,
  • get the picture
  • ,
  • comprehend
  • ,
  • savvy
  • ,
  • dig
  • ,
  • grasp
  • ,
  • compass
  • ,
  • apprehend

Examples of using

This circle was drawn by a compass.
Tom always carries a map and compass in his bag.
The compass points north because of the attractive force exerted by the Earth on that direction.