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  • n. Plural form of compass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument for describing circles, measuring figures, etc., consisting of two, or (rarely) more, pointed branches, or legs, usually joined at the top by a rivet on which they move.
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  • Verbal testimony connected his great poem of farewell and consolation, for example, “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” (with its famous image of the couple as “stiffe twin compasses”) with Donne’s departure for France in 1611.

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  • After some investigation, you find that one of the compasses is located next to a strong magnet, which you have good reason to believe is strongly biasing that compass’s readings.

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  • They compared these standards to devices such as compasses and t-squares, that artisans use to guide their work.


  • It is observed, that the word surrounds, or "compasses," conveys, to an English reader, more than is meant by the sacred writer.

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  • The task acre was commonly not a square of 210 feet, but a rectangle 300 feet long and 150 feet broad, divided into square halves and rectangular quarters, and further divisible into "compasses" five feet wide and 150 feet long, making one sixtieth of an acre.

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  • Those who like movies that handle sexuality with no moral compasses, meaning most French movies.

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  • Wyche, along with her research team, chose to focus on Islam for this study, partially because of the religion's popularity worldwide and partially because Muslims have historically used technology such as compasses and telescopes to help them determine the direction to face during prayer.

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  • Susan Wyche, a Georgia Institute of Technology doctoral candidate, said she and her colleagues focused on Islam, partially because of the religion's popularity and partially because Muslims have historically used technology, such as compasses and telescopes, to help them determine the direction to face during prayer.

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  • You'll find more standard weapons like axes, clubs, and pipes along with more fanciful fare such as compasses with pencils strapped on such as you may have used in school.

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  • "compasses," I said, "Look into this for me and if you cannot manage it alone, get Charley Bradburn to help you."

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