Bow-compass
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. [1913 Webster]

3. A pair of compasses, with a bow or arched plate riveted to one of the legs, and passing through the other. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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 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

  • bow compass — noun a compass with jointed legs …   English new terms dictionary

  • bow compass — /boh/ any of several types of compasses having the legs joined by a bow shaped piece. [1790 1800] * * * …   Universalium

  • bow compass — /ˈboʊ kʌmpəs/ (say boh kumpuhs) noun Technical Drawing one of a set of compasses whose legs are joined by a bow shaped piece …   Australian English dictionary

  • bow-compass — …   Useful english dictionary

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

  • 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 pen — noun : a bow compass for drawing small circles in ink * * * bow pen «boh», a bow compass with a pen at the end of one leg …   Useful english dictionary

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