compass rose


Definition of compass rose

: a circle graduated to degrees or quarters and printed on a chart to show direction

Examples of compass rose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, the white away kit is adorned by a subtle print inspired by the key points of a compass rose in tribute of the country's epic history of exploration and discovery., "PHOTOS: Nike Launch 'CR7 Chapter 6: Born Leader' Boots Inspired by Ronaldo's Portugal Captaincy," 20 Mar. 2018 In some, the different patterns and shifting rhythms continue to the center, sometimes culminating in a compass rose. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Wartime Quilts Honor Battles and Leaders, but Mostly Art," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of compass rose

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

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“Compass rose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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