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 for Compasses.
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Compasses \Com"pass*es\, n., pl.
     An instrument for describing circles, measuring figures,
     etc., consisting of two, or (rarely) more, pointed branches,
     or legs, usually joined at the top by a rivet on which they
     move.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The compasses for drawing circles have adjustable pen
           points, pencil points, etc.; those used for measuring
           without adjustable points are generally called
           dividers. See Dividers.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     Bow compasses. See Bow-compass.
  
     Caliber compasses, Caliper compasses. See Calipers.
  
     Proportional, Triangular, etc., compasses. See under
        Proportional, etc.
        [1913 Webster]

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