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Meaning of “compass” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of compass from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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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