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Noun: compass  kúm-pus
  1. Navigational instrument for finding directions
     
  2. An area in which something acts or operates or has power or control
    "within the compass of this article";
    - scope, range, reach, orbit, ambit
     
  3. The limit of capability
    "within the compass of education";
    - range, reach, grasp
     
  4. Drafting instrument used for drawing circles
Verb: compass  kúm-pus
  1. Travel around, either by plane or ship
    "We compassed the earth";
    - circumnavigate
     
  2. Get the meaning of something
    - grok [N. Amer], get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, apprehend
     
  3. [archaic] Bring about; accomplish
    "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"

Derived forms: compassed, compasses, compassing

Type of: accomplish, achieve, attain, capability, capableness, circle, drafting instrument, extent, navigational instrument, potentiality, reach, understand

Encyclopedia: Compass