NounCompass (plural Compasses)
- A magnetic or electronic device used to determine the cardinal directions (usually magnetic or true north).
- A pair of compasses (a device used with a pencil to draw an arc or circle on paper).
- The range of notes of a musical instrument or voice.
- (obsolete) A space within limits; area.
- To surround; to encircle; to environ; to stretch round.
- To go about or round entirely; to traverse.
- (dated) To accomplish; to reach; to achieve; to obtain.
- (dated) To plot; to scheme (against someone).
Adjectives for Compass
Verbs for Compass
attract—; box—; manipulate—; navigate with—; observe—; plan with—; plot with—; suspend—; trust—; chart—; —describes; —deviates; —directs; —guides; —indicates; —informs; —leads; —limits; —marks; —measures; —pilots; —records; —routes; —safeguards; —surveys.
Synonyms for Compass
- (surround): encircle, environ, surround
- (go about or around entirely): cover, traverse
- (accomplish): accomplish, achieve, attain, gain, get to, reach
- (plot (against someone)): conspire, plot, scheme
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For noun: < Middle English compas (“a circle, circuit, limit, form, a mathematical instrument”) < Old French compas < Medieval Latin compassus (“a circle, a circuit”) < Latin com- (“together”) + passus (“a pace, step, later a pass, way, route”); see pass, pace.