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English noun: compass

1. compass (artifact) navigational instrument for finding directions

Broader (hypernym)navigational instrument

Narrower (hyponym)gyrocompass, magnetic compass

2. compass (attribute) an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:

SamplesThe range of a supersonic jet.
A piano has a greater range than the human voice.
The ambit of municipal legislation.
Within the compass of this article.
Within the scope of an investigation.
Outside the reach of the law.
In the political orbit of a world power.

Synonymsambit, orbit, range, reach, scope

Broader (hypernym)extent

Narrower (hyponym)approximate range, ballpark, confines, contrast, expanse, gamut, horizon, internationalism, internationality, latitude, palette, pallet, purview, spectrum, sweep, view

3. compass (cognition) the limit of capability

SamplesWithin the compass of education.

Synonymsgrasp, range, reach

Broader (hypernym)capability, capableness, potentiality

Narrower (hyponym)ken, sight

4. compass (artifact) drafting instrument used for drawing circles

Broader (hypernym)drafting instrument

English verb: compass

1. compass (social) bring about; accomplish

SamplesThis writer attempts more than his talents can compass.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)accomplish, achieve, attain, reach

Domain usagearchaicism, archaism

2. compass (motion) travel around, either by plane or ship

SamplesWe compassed the earth.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)circle

3. compass (cognition) get the meaning of something

SamplesDo you comprehend the meaning of this letter?.

Synonymsapprehend, comprehend, dig, get the picture, grasp, grok, savvy

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)understand

Narrower (hyponym)catch on, cotton on, digest, figure, get it, get onto, get wise, intuit, latch on, tumble, twig

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