compass - Dictionary definition and meaning for word compass

(noun) navigational instrument for finding directions Definition
(noun) an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:
Synonyms : ambit , orbit , range , reach , scope
Example Sentence
  • the range of a supersonic jet
  • a piano has a greater range than the human voice
  • the ambit of municipal legislation
  • within the compass of this article
  • within the scope of an investigation
  • outside the reach of the law
  • in the political orbit of a world power
(noun) the limit of capability
Synonyms : grasp , range , reach
Example Sentence
  • within the compass of education
(noun) drafting instrument used for drawing circles Definition
(verb) bring about; accomplish
Example Sentence
  • This writer attempts more than his talents can compass
(verb) travel around, either by plane or ship
Synonyms : circumnavigate
Example Sentence
  • We compassed the earth
(verb) get the meaning of something
Example Sentence
  • Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?

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