Variant of compass
- Archaic to go around; make a circuit of
- encompass (sense )
- to grasp mentally; understand; comprehend
- to reach successfully; achieve; accomplish: to compass one's ends
- to plot or contrive (something harmful)
Origin: Middle English compassen ; from Old French compasser, to go around ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form compassare ; from Classical Latin com-, together plush passus, a step: see pace
- an instrument consisting of two pointed legs connected at one end by a pivot, used for drawing arcs or circles or for taking measurementsalso called pair of compasses
- a boundary line; circumference
- an enclosed area
- full extent or range; reach; scope; specif., range of tones, as of a voice
- any of various instruments for showing direction, esp. one consisting of a magnetic needle swinging freely on a pivot and pointing to the magnetic north
- Archaic a circuit; course
Origin: ME & OFr compas, a circle, prob. < the v.
- compassable adjective
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