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compasses

noun
plural of 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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compasses

verb
present tense third-person singular of 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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“Compasses.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/compasses. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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