Definition of “compass” - English Dictionary

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compassnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkʌm·pəs/

compass noun [ C ] (DIRECTION)

a device for finding direction with a thin pointed metal part that turns to always point north

compass noun [ C ] (DRAWING)

also compasses, /ˈkʌm·pə·səz/ a device in the shape of an upside down V whose two pointed, movable parts can be used to draw circles or measure distances on maps

(Definition of “compass” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)