Pronunciation: /ˈkʌm pəs/ Explain

Picture of a compass: Two 'legs' are joined at the top. At the end of one leg is a point used to hold the compass at the center of the circle being drawn. At the end of the other end, is a pencil lead to draw the circumference of the circle.
Figure 1: Compass. From [2].

A compass is a tool that can be used to:


  1. Wentworth, G. A., and Hill, G. A.. First Steps in Geometry. pg 32. Ginn & Company Publishers. 1902. Last Accessed 8/6/2018. Buy the book
  2. Hill, Thomas. A Second Book in Geometry. pg 57. Brewer and Tileson. 1863. Last Accessed 8/6/2018. Buy the book

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McAdams, David E. Compass. 6/29/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC.

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6/25/2018: Removed broken links, updated license, implemented new markup, updated GeoGebra apps. (McAdams, David E.)
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