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.
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.
Bow compasses. See Bow-compass. --
Caliper compasses. See Calipers. --
compasses. See under Proportional, etc.
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