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compass

 
Noun compass has 4 senses
  1. compass - navigational instrument for finding directions
    --1 is a kind of
    navigational instrument
    --1 has particulars: gyrocompass; magnetic compass
  2. scope, range, reach, orbit, compass, ambit - an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"; "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"
    --2 is a kind of extent
    --2 has particulars:
     approximate range, ballpark; confines; contrast; internationality, internationalism; latitude; horizon, view, purview; sweep, expanse; gamut; spectrum; palette, pallet
    Derived form: verb compass1
  3. compass, range, reach, grasp - the limit of capability; "within the compass of education"
    --3 is a kind of capability, capableness, potentiality
    --3 has particulars: sight, ken
    Derived form: verb compass1
  4. compass - drafting instrument used for drawing circles
    --4 is a kind of
    drafting instrument
Verb compass has 3 senses
  1. compass - bring about; accomplish; "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"
    --1 is one way to
    achieve, accomplish, attain, reach
    Derived forms: noun compass3, noun compass2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  2. circumnavigate, compass - travel around, either by plane or ship; "We compassed the earth"
    --2 is one way to circle
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  3. get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass, apprehend - get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
    --3 is one way to understand
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
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