Fr. compas, measure, pair of compasses, circle < Sp. compas, rule of life, pattern.
- Guiding tool; instrument that wanderers use to gauge direction; instrument with an arrow that indicates the polar North orientation; [possible allusion to Hopper's hymn text: “Chart and compass come from Thee; Jesus, Savior, pilot me”.]
compass [-ed] v
Fr. compasse-r, measure, design, contrive, regulate, adjust; see compass, n.
- Achieve; reach; arrive at; travel to; be led to; follow the way to.
- Comprehend; grasp; finish; get within reach.