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COMPASS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does compass mean? 

COMPASS (noun)
  The noun COMPASS has 4 senses:

1. navigational instrument for finding directions
2. an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:
3. the limit of capability
4. drafting instrument used for drawing circles

  Familiarity information: COMPASS used as a noun is uncommon.


COMPASS (verb)
  The verb COMPASS has 3 senses:

1. bring about; accomplish
2. travel around, either by plane or ship
3. get the meaning of something

  Familiarity information: COMPASS used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMPASS (noun)


Sense 1compass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Navigational instrument for finding directions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("compass" is a kind of...):

navigational instrument (an instrument used for navigating)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "compass"):

gyrocompass (a compass that does not depend on magnetism but uses a gyroscope instead)

magnetic compass (compass based on an indicator (as a magnetic needle) that points to the magnetic north)


Sense 2compass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

scope; range; ambit; compass; reach; orbit

Context examples:

the range of a supersonic jet / 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

Hypernyms ("compass" is a kind of...):

extent (the distance or area or volume over which something extends)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "compass"):

palette; pallet (the range of colour characteristic of a particular artist or painting or school of art)

spectrum (broad range of related values or qualities or ideas or activities)

gamut (a complete extent or range:)

expanse; sweep (a wide scope)

horizon; purview; view (the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated)

latitude (scope for freedom of e.g. action or thought; freedom from restriction)

internationalism; internationality (quality of being international in scope)

contrast (the range of optical density and tone on a photographic negative or print (or the extent to which adjacent areas on a television screen differ in brightness))

confines (a bounded scope)

approximate range; ballpark (near to the scope or range of something)


Sense 3compass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The limit of capability

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

grasp; compass; reach; range

Context example:

within the compass of education

Hypernyms ("compass" is a kind of...):

capability; capableness; potentiality (an aptitude that may be developed)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "compass"):

ken; sight (the range of vision)


Sense 4compass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Drafting instrument used for drawing circles

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("compass" is a kind of...):

drafting instrument (an instrument used by a draftsman in making drawings)


COMPASS (verb)


Sense 1compass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring about; accomplish

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

This writer attempts more than his talents can compass

Hypernyms (to "compass" is one way to...):

accomplish; achieve; attain; reach (to gain with effort)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2compass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Travel around, either by plane or ship

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

circumnavigate; compass

Context example:

We compassed the earth

Hypernyms (to "compass" is one way to...):

circle (travel around something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3compass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Get the meaning of something

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

apprehend; savvy; comprehend; grok; get the picture; grasp; compass; dig

Context example:

Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?

Hypernyms (to "compass" is one way to...):

understand (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "compass"):

figure (understand)

catch on; cotton on; get it; get onto; get wise; latch on; tumble; twig (understand, usually after some initial difficulty)

intuit (know or grasp by intuition or feeling)

digest (arrange and integrate in the mind)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


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