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Definition 1: navigational instrument for finding directions - [noun denoting artifact]

(compass is a kind of ...) an instrument used for navigating

(... is a kind of compass ) a compass that does not depend on magnetism but uses a gyroscope instead

(... is a kind of compass ) compass based on an indicator (as a magnetic needle) that points to the magnetic north

Definition 2: drafting instrument used for drawing circles - [noun denoting artifact]

(compass is a kind of ...) an instrument used by a draftsman in making drawings

Definition 3: an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where compass or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for compass in the sense of this definition

(compass is a kind of ...) the distance or area or volume over which something extends

"the vast extent of the desert" "an orchard of considerable extent"

(... is a kind of compass ) a broad range of related objects or values or qualities or ideas or activities

(... is a kind of compass ) a complete extent or range:

"a face that expressed a gamut of emotions"

(... is a kind of compass ) a wide scope

"the sweep of the plains"

(... is a kind of compass ) the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated

"It is beyond the horizon of present knowledge"

(... is a kind of compass ) scope for freedom of e.g. action or thought; freedom from restriction

(... is a kind of compass ) quality of being international in scope

"he applauded the internationality of scientific terminology"

(... is a kind of compass ) the range of optical density and tone on a photographic negative or print (or the extent to which adjacent areas on a television screen differ in brightness)

(... is a kind of compass ) a bounded scope

"he stayed within the confines of the city"

(... is a kind of compass ) near to the scope or range of something

"his answer wasn't even in the right ballpark"

(... is a kind of compass ) the range of colour characteristic of a particular artist or painting or school of art

Definition 4: the limit of capability - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where compass or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • within the compass of education

Synonyms for compass in the sense of this definition

(compass is a kind of ...) an aptitude that may be developed

(... is a kind of compass ) the range of vision

"out of sight of land"

Definition 5: get the meaning of something - [verb of cognition]

Samples where compass or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?

Synonyms for compass in the sense of this definition

(compass is a kind of ...) know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

"She did not understand her husband" "I understand what she means"

(... is a kind of compass ) understand

"He didn't figure her"

(... is a kind of compass ) understand, usually after some initial difficulty

"She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"

(... is a kind of compass ) know or grasp by intuition or feeling

(... is a kind of compass ) arrange and integrate in the mind

"I cannot digest all this information"

Definition 6: travel around, either by plane or ship - [verb of motion]

Samples where compass or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We compassed the earth

Synonyms for compass in the sense of this definition

(compass is a kind of ...) travel around something

"circle the globe"

Samples where compass or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This writer attempts more than his talents can compass

(compass is a kind of ...) to gain with effort

"she achieved her goal despite setbacks"

(compass is used in the usage domain ...) the use of an archaic expression

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