compass rose


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On full display through the sapphire caseback is the same in-house self-winding Caliber 5200 movement, which comes equipped with a 22-karat-gold oscillating weight adorned with a compass rose as a symbol of travel and exploration. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 7 Feb. 2023 Reynolds also created a compass rose entirely made of granite, which is also in Monarch Butterfly Park. Jessica Siles,, 22 Nov. 2021 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,, 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., 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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of compass rose was circa 1891

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“Compass rose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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