compass rose

noun

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 The foyer boasts an inlaid border with a compass rose design, the private rear patio features a pergola and the upper level leads to a deck with a view of the historic Naval Academy dome, recently refinished in a stunning copper. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, 22 Feb. 2021 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. SI.com, 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, 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of compass rose

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of compass rose was circa 1891

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“Compass rose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compass%20rose. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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