Compass

Com"pass

(km"ps), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compassed (km"pst); 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. 4.
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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.
Milton.
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Now all the blessings
Of a glad father compass thee about.
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Thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round.
Luke xix. 43.
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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.
Blackstone.
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