Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun compass

4 senses of compass

Sense 1
compass -- (navigational instrument for finding directions)
       => navigational instrument -- (an instrument used for navigating)

Sense 2
scope, range, reach, orbit, compass, ambit -- (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")
       => extent -- (the distance or area or volume over which something extends; "the vast extent of the desert"; "an orchard of considerable extent")

Sense 3
compass, range, reach, grasp -- (the limit of capability; "within the compass of education")
       => capability, capableness, potentiality -- (an aptitude that may be developed)

Sense 4
compass -- (drafting instrument used for drawing circles)
       => drafting instrument -- (an instrument used by a draftsman in making drawings)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb compass

3 senses of compass

Sense 1
compass -- (bring about; accomplish; "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass")
       => achieve, accomplish, attain, reach -- (to gain with effort; "she achieved her goal despite setbacks")

Sense 2
circumnavigate, compass -- (travel around, either by plane or ship; "We compassed the earth")
       => circle -- (travel around something; "circle the globe")

Sense 3
grok, get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass, apprehend -- (get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?")
       => understand -- (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means")

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