dict.org

The DICT Development Group


Search for:
Search type:
Database:

Database copyright information
Server information


1 definition found
 for Compass window
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Compass \Com"pass\ (k[u^]m"pas), n. [F. compas, fr. LL.
     compassus circle, prop., a stepping together; com- + passus
     pace, step. See Pace, Pass.]
     1. A passing round; circuit; circuitous course.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              They fetched a compass of seven day's journey. --2
                                                    Kings iii. 9.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              This day I breathed first; time is come round,
              And where I did begin, there shall I end;
              My life is run his compass.           --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. An inclosing limit; boundary; circumference; as, within
        the compass of an encircling wall.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. An inclosed space; an area; extent.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Their wisdom . . . lies in a very narrow compass.
                                                    --Addison.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. Extent; reach; sweep; capacity; sphere; as, the compass of
        his eye; the compass of imagination.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The compass of his argument.          --Wordsworth.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     5. Moderate bounds, limits of truth; moderation; due limits;
        -- used with within.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              In two hundred years before (I speak within
              compass), no such commission had been executed.
                                                    --Sir J.
                                                    Davies.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     6. (Mus.) The range of notes, or tones, within the capacity
        of a voice or instrument.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              You would sound me from my lowest note to the top of
              my compass.                           --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     7. An instrument for determining directions upon the earth's
        surface by means of a magnetized bar or needle turning
        freely upon a pivot and pointing in a northerly and
        southerly direction.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              He that first discovered the use of the compass did
              more for the supplying and increase of useful
              commodities than those who built workhouses.
                                                    --Locke.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     8. A pair of compasses. [R.] See Compasses.
  
              To fix one foot of their compass wherever they
              please.                               --Swift.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     9. A circle; a continent. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The tryne compas [the threefold world containing
              earth, sea, and heaven. --Skeat.]     --Chaucer.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Azimuth compass. See under Azimuth.
  
     Beam compass. See under Beam.
  
     Compass card, the circular card attached to the needles of
        a mariner's compass, on which are marked the thirty-two
        points or rhumbs.
  
     Compass dial, a small pocket compass fitted with a sundial
        to tell the hour of the day.
  
     Compass plane (Carp.), a plane, convex in the direction of
        its length on the under side, for smoothing the concave
        faces of curved woodwork.
  
     Compass plant, Compass flower (Bot.), a plant of the
        American prairies ({Silphium laciniatum), not unlike a
        small sunflower; rosinweed. Its lower and root leaves are
        vertical, and on the prairies are disposed to present
        their edges north and south.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Its leaves are turned to the north as true as the
              magnet:
              This is the compass flower.           --Longefellow.
  
     Compass saw, a saw with a narrow blade, which will cut in a
        curve; -- called also fret saw and keyhole saw.
  
     Compass timber (Shipbuilding), curved or crooked timber.
  
     Compass window (Arch.), a circular bay window or oriel
        window.
  
     Mariner's compass, a kind of compass used in navigation. It
        has two or more magnetic needles permanently attached to a
        card, which moves freely upon a pivot, and is read with
        reference to a mark on the box representing the ship's
        head. The card is divided into thirty-two points, called
        also rhumbs, and the glass-covered box or bowl containing
        it is suspended in gimbals within the binnacle, in order
        to preserve its horizontal position.
  
     Surveyor's compass, an instrument used in surveying for
        measuring horizontal angles. See Circumferentor.
  
     Variation compass, a compass of delicate construction, used
        in observations on the variations of the needle.
  
     To fetch a compass, to make a circuit.
        [1913 Webster]

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229