Synonyms of compass


1. compass, navigational instrument

usage: navigational instrument for finding directions

2. scope, range, reach, orbit, compass, ambit, extent

usage: an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"; "a piano has a greater range than the human voice"; "the ambit of municipal legislation"; "within the compass of this article"; "within the scope of an investigation"; "outside the reach of the law"; "in the political orbit of a world power"

3. compass, range, reach, grasp, capability, capableness, potentiality

usage: the limit of capability; "within the compass of education"

4. compass, drafting instrument

usage: drafting instrument used for drawing circles


1. compass, achieve, accomplish, attain, reach

usage: bring about; accomplish; "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"

2. circumnavigate, compass, circle

usage: travel around, either by plane or ship; "We compassed the earth"

3. grok, get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass, apprehend, understand

usage: get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"

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Definition and meaning of compass (Dictionary)