1. [ noun ] (transportation) navigational instrument for finding directions
Related terms: navigational_instrument gyrocompass magnetic_compass compass_card
2. [ noun ] an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control
Synonyms: range scope reach orbit ambit

: "the range of a supersonic jet" within the scope of an investigation" "outside the reach of the law" "in the political orbit of a world power"

Related terms: extent horizon sweep spectrum gamut palette confines approximate_range latitude contrast internationality
3. [ noun ] the limit of capability
Synonyms: reach grasp range

"within the compass of education"

Related terms: capability sight range
4. [ verb ] get the meaning of something
Synonyms: comprehend grasp apprehend get_the_picture savvy dig

"Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"

Related terms: understand catch_on figure digest intuit understanding grasping comprehension
5. [ verb ] (nautical,transportation) travel around, either by plane or ship
Synonyms: circumnavigate

: "We compassed the earth"

Related terms: circle circumnavigation
6. [ verb ] bring about; accomplish

"This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"

Related terms: achieve
7. [ noun ] drafting instrument used for drawing circles
Related terms: drafting_instrument
Similar spelling:   compassion