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Compass Plant

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Compass \Com"pass\ (k[u^]m"pas), noun [F. compas, fr. LL. compassus circle, prop., a stepping together; com- + passus pace, step. See {Pace}, {Pass}.]

1. A passing round; circuit; circuitous course.

They fetched a compass of seven day's journey. --2 Kings iii. 9.

This day I breathed first; time is come round, And where I did begin, there shall I end; My life is run his compass. --Shak.

2. An inclosing limit; boundary; circumference; as, within the compass of an encircling wall.

3. An inclosed space; an area; extent.

Their wisdom . . . lies in a very narrow compass. --Addison.

4. Extent; reach; sweep; capacity; sphere; as, the compass of his eye; the compass of imagination.

The compass of his argument. --Wordsworth.

5. Moderate bounds, limits of truth; moderation; due limits; -- used with within.

In two hundred years before (I speak within compass), no such commission had been executed. --Sir J. Davies.

6. (Mus.) The range of notes, or tones, within the capacity of a voice or instrument.

You would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass. --Shak.

7. An instrument for determining directions upon the earth's surface by means of a magnetized bar or needle turning freely upon a pivot and pointing in a northerly and southerly direction.

He that first discovered the use of the compass did more for the supplying and increase of useful commodities than those who built workhouses. --Locke.

8. A pair of compasses. [R.] See {Compasses.}

To fix one foot of their compass wherever they please. --Swift.

9. A circle; a continent. [Obs.]

The tryne compas [the threefold world containing earth, sea, and heaven. --Skeat.] --Chaucer.

{Azimuth compass}. See under {Azimuth}.

{Beam compass}. See under {Beam}.

{Compass card}, the circular card attached to the needles of a mariner's compass, on which are marked the thirty-two points or rhumbs.

{Compass dial}, a small pocket compass fitted with a sundial to tell the hour of the day.

{Compass plane} (Carp.), a plane, convex in the direction of its length on the under side, for smoothing the concave faces of curved woodwork.

{Compass plant}, {Compass flower} (Bot.), a plant of the American prairies ({Silphium laciniatum}), not unlike a small sunflower; rosinweed. Its lower and root leaves are vertical, and on the prairies are disposed to present their edges north and south.

Its leaves are turned to the north as true as the magnet: This is the compass flower. --Longefellow.

{Compass saw}, a saw with a narrow blade, which will cut in a curve; -- called also {fret saw} and {keyhole saw}.

{Compass timber} (Shipbuilding), curved or crooked timber.

{Compass window} (Arch.), a circular bay window or oriel window.

{Mariner's compass}, a kind of compass used in navigation. It has two or more magnetic needles permanently attached to a card, which moves freely upon a pivot, and is read with reference to a mark on the box representing the ship's head. The card is divided into thirty-two points, called also rhumbs, and the glass-covered box or bowl containing it is suspended in gimbals within the binnacle, in order to preserve its horizontal position.

{Surveyor's compass}, an instrument used in surveying for measuring horizontal angles. See {Circumferentor}.

{Variation compass}, a compass of delicate construction, used in observations on the variations of the needle.

{To fetch a compass}, to make a circuit.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

compass plant

noun

1: North American annual with red or rose-colored flowers [syn: {prairie bird's-foot trefoil}, {compass plant}, {prairie lotus}, {prairie trefoil}, {Lotus americanus}]

2: any of several plants having leaves so arranged on the axis as to indicate the cardinal points of the compass [syn: {compass plant}, {compass flower}]

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