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]


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  • 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

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  • compasses — n. instrument for drawing circles and measuring, calipers com·pass || kÊŒmpÉ™s n. instrument that indicates magnetic north; boundary, limit v. surround, encircle; comprehend, understand …   English contemporary dictionary

  • compasses — n. pl. Dividers …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • compasses — [ˈkʌmpəsɪz] noun [plural] a piece of equipment in the shape of the letter V, used for drawing circles …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Caliber 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Caliper 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • low compasses — compasses that are specially installed for drafting circuits that have tiny diameters …   English contemporary dictionary

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