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

  Compassing \Com"pass*ing\, a. (Shipbuilding)
     Curved; bent; as, compassing timbers.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Compass \Com"pass\ (k[u^]m"pas), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compassed
     (k[u^]m"past); p. pr. & vb. n. Compassing.] [F. compasser,
     LL. compassare.]
     1. To go about or entirely round; to make the circuit of.
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              Ye shall compass the city seven times. --Josh. vi.
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              We the globe can compass soon.        --Shak.
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     2. To inclose on all sides; to surround; to encircle; to
        environ; to invest; to besiege; -- used with about, round,
        around, and round about.
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              With terrors and with clamors compassed round.
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              Now all the blessings
              Of a glad father compass thee about.  --Shak.
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              Thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and
              compass thee round.                   --Luke xix.
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     3. To reach round; to circumvent; to get within one's power;
        to obtain; to accomplish.
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              If I can check my erring love, I will:
              If not, to compass her I'll use my skill. --Shak.
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              How can you hope to compass your designs? --Denham.
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     4. To curve; to bend into a circular form. [Obs. except in
        carpentry and shipbuilding.] --Shak.
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     5. (Law) To purpose; to intend; to imagine; to plot.
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              Compassing and imagining the death of the king are
              synonymous terms; compassing signifying the purpose
              or design of the mind or will, and not, as in common
              speech, the carrying such design to effect.
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