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 for To fetch a compass
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.
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              They fetched a compass of seven day's journey. --2
                                                    Kings iii. 9.
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              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.
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     2. An inclosing limit; boundary; circumference; as, within
        the compass of an encircling wall.
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     3. An inclosed space; an area; extent.
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              Their wisdom . . . lies in a very narrow compass.
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     4. Extent; reach; sweep; capacity; sphere; as, the compass of
        his eye; the compass of imagination.
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              The compass of his argument.          --Wordsworth.
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     5. Moderate bounds, limits of truth; moderation; due limits;
        -- used with within.
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              In two hundred years before (I speak within
              compass), no such commission had been executed.
                                                    --Sir J.
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     6. (Mus.) The range of notes, or tones, within the capacity
        of a voice or instrument.
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              You would sound me from my lowest note to the top of
              my compass.                           --Shak.
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     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.
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              He that first discovered the use of the compass did
              more for the supplying and increase of useful
              commodities than those who built workhouses.
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     8. A pair of compasses. [R.] See Compasses.
              To fix one foot of their compass wherever they
              please.                               --Swift.
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     9. A circle; a continent. [Obs.]
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              The tryne compas [the threefold world containing
              earth, sea, and heaven. --Skeat.]     --Chaucer.
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     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.
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              Its leaves are turned to the north as true as the
              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
     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fetch \Fetch\ (f[e^]ch; 224), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fetched 2;
     p. pr. & vb. n.. Fetching.] [OE. fecchen, AS. feccan, perh.
     the same word as fetian; or cf. facian to wish to get,
     OFries. faka to prepare. [root]77. Cf. Fet, v. t.]
     1. To bear toward the person speaking, or the person or thing
        from whose point of view the action is contemplated; to go
        and bring; to get.
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              Time will run back and fetch the age of gold.
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              He called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a
              little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as
              she was going to fetch it he called to her, and
              said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in
              thine hand.                           --1 Kings
                                                    xvii. 11, 12.
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     2. To obtain as price or equivalent; to sell for.
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              Our native horses were held in small esteem, and
              fetched low prices.                   --Macaulay.
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     3. To recall from a swoon; to revive; -- sometimes with to;
        as, to fetch a man to.
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              Fetching men again when they swoon.   --Bacon.
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     4. To reduce; to throw.
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              The sudden trip in wrestling that fetches a man to
              the ground.                           --South.
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     5. To bring to accomplishment; to achieve; to make; to
        perform, with certain objects; as, to fetch a compass; to
        fetch a leap; to fetch a sigh.
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              I'll fetch a turn about the garden.   --Shak.
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              He fetches his blow quick and sure.   --South.
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     6. To bring or get within reach by going; to reach; to arrive
        at; to attain; to reach by sailing.
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              Meantine flew our ships, and straight we fetched
              The siren's isle.                     --Chapman.
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     7. To cause to come; to bring to a particular state.
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              They could n't fetch the butter in the churn. --W.
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     To fetch a compass (Naut.), to make a circuit; to take a
        circuitous route going to a place.
     To fetch a pump, to make it draw water by pouring water
        into the top and working the handle.
     To fetch headway or To fetch sternway (Naut.), to move
        ahead or astern.
     To fetch out, to develop. "The skill of the polisher
        fetches out the colors [of marble]" --Addison.
     To fetch up.
        (a) To overtake. [Obs.] "Says [the hare], I can fetch up
            the tortoise when I please." --L'Estrange.
        (b) To stop suddenly.
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