Bow compasses
Compasses Com"pass*es, n., pl. An instrument for describing circles, measuring figures, etc., consisting of two, or (rarely) more, pointed branches, or legs, usually joined at the top by a rivet on which they move. [1913 Webster]

Note: The compasses for drawing circles have adjustable pen points, pencil points, etc.; those used for measuring without adjustable points are generally called dividers. See {Dividers}. [1913 Webster]

{Bow compasses}. See {Bow-compass}.

{Caliber compasses}, {Caliper compasses}. See {Calipers}.

{Proportional}, {Triangular}, etc., {compasses}. See under {Proportional}, etc. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Bow-compasses — Bow compass Bow com pass, n.; pl. {Bow compasses}. 1. An arcograph. [1913 Webster] 2. A small pair of compasses, one leg of which carries a pencil, or a pen, for drawing circles. Its legs are often connected by a bow shaped spring, instead of by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bow-compasses — bowˈ compasses plural noun A small pair of compasses, often with a bow shaped spring instead of a hinge • • • Main Entry: ↑bow …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bow-compass — Bow com pass, n.; pl. {Bow compasses}. 1. An arcograph. [1913 Webster] 2. A small pair of compasses, one leg of which carries a pencil, or a pen, for drawing circles. Its legs are often connected by a bow shaped spring, instead of by a joint.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Compasses — Com pass*es, n., pl. An instrument for describing circles, measuring figures, etc., consisting of two, or (rarely) more, pointed branches, or legs, usually joined at the top by a rivet on which they move. [1913 Webster] Note: The compasses for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compasses — Com pass*es, n., pl. An instrument for describing circles, measuring figures, etc., consisting of two, or (rarely) more, pointed branches, or legs, usually joined at the top by a rivet on which they move. [1913 Webster] Note: The compasses for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bow-pen — n. Bow compasses carrying a drawing pen. See {Bow compass}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bow-pencil — Bow pen cil, n. Bow compasses, one leg of which carries a pencil. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bow compass — [bō] n. a pair of drawing compasses with legs joined by a flexible steel band, the angle between being adjusted by a screw …   English World dictionary

  • bow — 1. n. & v. n. 1 a a slip knot with a double loop. b a ribbon, shoelace, etc., tied with this. c a decoration (on clothing, or painted etc.) in the form of a bow. 2 a device for shooting arrows with a taut string joining the ends of a curved piece …   Useful english dictionary

  • bow compass — noun Etymology: bow (III) : a small pair of compasses one leg of which carries a pencil, pen, or point, its legs being connected by a bow shaped spring instead of by a joint …   Useful english dictionary

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