Meaning of compass

Definition of compass

(noun) navigational instrument for finding directions
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"
the limit of capability; "within the compass of education"
(verb) bring about; accomplish; "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"
travel around, either by plane or ship; "We compassed the earth"
get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"

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