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compass

noun (n)

  • navigational instrument for finding directions (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: ambit, orbit, range, reach, scope
    Example:
    Within the compass of this article.
    source: wordnet30
  • the limit of capability (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: grasp, range, reach
    Example:
    Within the compass of education.
    source: wordnet30
  • drafting instrument used for drawing circles (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • A passing round; circuit; circuitous course. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • bring about; accomplish (verb.social)
    Example:
    This writer attempts more than his talents can compass.
    source: wordnet30
  • travel around, either by plane or ship (verb.motion)
    Synonym: circumnavigate
    Example:
    We compassed the earth.
    source: wordnet30
  • get the meaning of something (verb.cognition)
    source: wordnet30
  • To go about or entirely round; to make the circuit of. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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