compass Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"compass" in British English

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compassnoun

uk   us   /ˈkʌm.pəs/

compass noun (DIRECTION DEVICE)

[C] a ​device for ​findingdirection with a ​needle that can ​moveeasily and that always ​points to magneticnorth

compass noun (MEASURING DEVICE)

compasses [plural] a ​V-shapeddevice that is used for ​drawingcircles or ​measuringdistances on ​maps

compass noun (LIMIT)

[U] formal a ​particularrange (of ​ability, ​activity, ​interest, etc.): It's a ​musicalinstrument made of ​brass, ​somewhat like a ​cornet and with a ​similar compass. The ​discussion went beyond the compass of my ​brain.
(Definition of compass from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"compass" in American English

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compassnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkʌm·pəs/

compass noun [C] (DIRECTION)

a ​device for ​findingdirection with a ​thinpointedmetalpart that ​turns to always ​pointnorth

compass noun [C] (DRAWING)

(also compasses,  /ˈkʌm·pə·səz/ ) a ​device in the ​shape of an ​upside down V whose two ​pointed, ​movableparts can be used to ​drawcircles or ​measuredistances on ​maps
(Definition of compass from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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