|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|
: "We compassed the earth"
|Related terms:||circle circumnavigation|
|6.||[ verb ] bring about; accomplish|
"This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"
|7.||[ noun ] drafting instrument used for drawing circles|