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Dictionary definition for: Compass

1. (n) navigational instrument for finding directions

2. (v) bring about; accomplish; "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"

3. (n) an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "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 t

4. (v) travel around, either by plane or ship; "We compassed the earth"

5. (n) the limit of capability; "within the compass of education"

6. (v) get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"

7. (n) drafting instrument used for drawing circles

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