To box the compass
Box Box, v. t. [Cf.Sp. boxar, now spelt bojar.] To boxhaul. [1913 Webster]

{To box off} (Naut.), to turn the head of a vessel either way by bracing the headyards aback.

{To box the compass} (Naut.), to name the thirty-two points of the compass in their order. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • box the compass — phrasal 1. : to name the 32 points of the compass in their order 2. : to make a complete turn or reversal (as in policy, opinion) * * * box the compass 1. To name the 32 compass points in order in either or both directions 2. To make a complete… …   Useful english dictionary

  • box the compass — verb /bɒks ðə ˈkʌmpəs/ a) To know, and be able to recite the 32 points and quarter points of the magnetic compass from North, both clockwise and anticlockwise …   Wiktionary

  • box the compass — idi naut. navig. a) to recite the points of the compass in a clockwise order b) to make a complete turn or reversal …   From formal English to slang

  • To fetch a compass — Compass Com pass (k[u^]m pas), n. [F. compas, fr. LL. compassus circle, prop., a stepping together; com + passus pace, step. See {Pace}, {Pass}.] 1. A passing round; circuit; circuitous course. [1913 Webster] They fetched a compass of seven day s …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To box off — Box Box, v. t. [Cf.Sp. boxar, now spelt bojar.] To boxhaul. [1913 Webster] {To box off} (Naut.), to turn the head of a vessel either way by bracing the headyards aback. {To box the compass} (Naut.), to name the thirty two points of the compass in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set the land — Land Land, n. [AS. land, lond; akin to D., G., Icel., Sw., Dan., and Goth. land. ] 1. The solid part of the surface of the earth; opposed to water as constituting a part of such surface, especially to oceans and seas; as, to sight land after a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Box — Box, v. t. [Cf.Sp. boxar, now spelt bojar.] To boxhaul. [1913 Webster] {To box off} (Naut.), to turn the head of a vessel either way by bracing the headyards aback. {To box the compass} (Naut.), to name the thirty two points of the compass in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compass — n. 1) to box the compass 2) to read a compass 3) a magnetic; mariner s compass * * * [ kʌmpəs] mariner s compass a magnetic to box the compass to read a compass …   Combinatory dictionary

  • box — box1 [bäks] n. [ME & OE, a container, box < VL buxis < L buxus, boxwood < Gr pyxos] 1. any of various kinds of containers, usually rectangular and lidded, made of cardboard, wood, or other stiff material; case; carton 2. the contents or… …   English World dictionary

  • Compass — This article is about the direction finding instrument used in navigation. For other uses, see Compass (disambiguation). A simple dry magnetic pocket compass …   Wikipedia

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