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  • noun A graduated circle, usually marked in degrees, indicating directions and printed or inscribed on an appropriate medium.


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  • compass rose is a figure displaying the orientation of the cardinal directions, north, south, east and west on a map or nautical chart.

    January 22, 2008

  • For a good book that uses compass roses as a major thematic element, read East by Edith Pattou.

    March 3, 2008

  • East is a fantastic book. Read it years ago and still remember it fondly.

    March 3, 2008

  • Such a lovely word for such a functional invention.

    September 26, 2009