Pronunciation: /ˈkʌm.pəs/ Explain

A hand holding a compass and using it to draw an arc. A compass has two straight parts joined by a hinge. One of the straight parts has a point used to fix the compass at the center of a circle. The other end has a pencil lead.
Figure 1: Compass.

A compass is a tool that can be used to:


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