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compass

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1 a guiding or motivating purpose or principle
  • a young go-getter who lost his moral compass in the course of his quest for fame and fortune

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2 an area over which activity, capacity, or influence extends
  • within the compass of my voice

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3 the line or relatively narrow space that marks the outer limit of something
  • within the compass of the city walls

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compass

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1 to carry through (as a process) to completion
  • attempting more than his modest abilities could compass

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2 to travel completely around
  • the great age of exploration, when ships of sail compassed the earth

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3 to engage in a secret plan to accomplish evil or unlawful ends
  • the rebels are compassing the assassination of the king

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4 to form a circle around
  • a mysterious isle, compassed by treacherous seas

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5 to have a clear idea of
  • the concept that the earth is billions of years old is one that the average mind struggles to compass

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range, gamut, compass, sweep, scope, orbit mean the extent that lies within the powers of something (as to cover or control). range is a general term indicating the extent of one's perception or the extent of powers, capacities, or possibilities. the entire range of human experience gamut suggests a graduated series running from one possible extreme to another. a performance that ran the gamut of emotions compass implies a sometimes limited extent of perception, knowledge, or activity. your concerns lie beyond the narrow compass of this study sweep suggests extent, often circular or arc-shaped, of motion or activity. the book covers the entire sweep of criminal activity scope is applicable to an area of activity, predetermined and limited, but somewhat flexible. as time went on, the scope of the investigation widened orbit suggests an often circumscribed range of activity or influence within which forces work toward accommodation. within that restricted orbit they tried to effect social change

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The first known use of compass was in the 14th century

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“Compass.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/compass. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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