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Compass vs. Astrolabe — What's the Difference?

Compass vs. Astrolabe — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Compass and Astrolabe

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Compass

A compass is a device that shows the cardinal directions used for navigation and geographic orientation. It commonly consists of a magnetized needle or other element, such as a compass card or compass rose, which can pivot to align itself with magnetic north.
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Astrolabe

An astrolabe (Ancient Greek: ἀστρολάβος astrolabos; Arabic: ٱلأَسْطُرلاب‎ al-Asturlāb; Persian: ستاره‌یاب‎ Setāreyāb) is an ancient astronomical instrument that was a handheld model of the universe. Its various functions also make it an elaborate inclinometer and an analogue calculation device capable of working out several kinds of problems in astronomy.
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Compass

An instrument containing a magnetized pointer which shows the direction of magnetic north and bearings from it
Walkers should be equipped with a map and compass
A magnetic compass
Crewe was ideally placed on the rail network, with connections running to all points of the compass
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Astrolabe

A medieval instrument, now replaced by the sextant, that was once used to determine the altitude of the sun or other celestial bodies.
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Compass

An instrument for drawing circles and arcs and measuring distances between points, consisting of two arms linked by a movable joint, one arm ending in a point and the other usually carrying a pencil or pen
A regular heptagon cannot be constructed accurately with only ruler and compass
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Astrolabe

An astronomical and navigational instrument for gauging the altitude of the Sun and stars.
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Compass

The range or scope of something
The event had political repercussions which are beyond the compass of this book
Goods and services which fall within the compass of the free market
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Astrolabe

An instrument for observing or showing the positions of the stars. It is now disused.
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Compass

Go round (something) in a circular course
The ship wherein Magellan compassed the world
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Astrolabe

A stereographic projection of the sphere on the plane of a great circle, as the equator, or a meridian; a planisphere.
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Compass

Contrive to accomplish (something)
He compassed his end only by the exercise of violence
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Astrolabe

An early form of sextant
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Compass

A device used to determine geographic direction, usually consisting of a magnetic needle or needles horizontally mounted or suspended and free to pivot until aligned with the earth's magnetic field.
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Compass

Another device, such as a radio compass or a gyrocompass, used for determining geographic direction.
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Compass

A V-shaped device for describing circles or circular arcs and for taking measurements, consisting of a pair of rigid, end-hinged legs, one of which is equipped with a pen, pencil, or other marker and the other with a sharp point providing a pivot about which the drawing leg is turned. Also called pair of compasses.
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Compass

Awareness or understanding of one's purpose or objectives
"Lacking a coherent intellectual and moral commitment, [he] was forced to find his compass in personal experience" (Doris Kearns Goodwin).
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Compass

An enclosing line or boundary; a circumference
Outside the compass of the fence.
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Compass

A restricted space or area
Four huge crates within the compass of the elevator.
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Compass

Range or scope, as of understanding, perception, or authority
The subject falls outside the compass of this study.
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Compass

(Music) See range.
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Compass

To make a circuit of; circle
The sailboat compassed the island.
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Compass

To surround; encircle
The trees compass the grave.
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Compass

To understand; comprehend
"God ... is too great a profundity to be compassed by human cerebration" (Flann O'Brian).
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Compass

To accomplish or bring about
"He compassed his end only by the exercise of gentle violence" (Henry James).
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Compass

To gain or achieve
"She had compassed the high felicity of seeing the two men beautifully take to each another" (Henry James).
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Compass

To scheme; plot
Compass the death of the king.
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Compass

Forming a curve.
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Compass

A magnetic or electronic device used to determine the cardinal directions (usually magnetic or true north).
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Compass

A pair of compasses (a device used to draw an arc or circle).
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Compass

(music) The range of notes of a musical instrument or voice.
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Compass

(obsolete) A space within limits; an area.
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Compass

(obsolete) An enclosing limit; a boundary, a circumference.
Within the compass of an encircling wall
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Compass

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

(archaic) Scope.
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Compass

(obsolete) Range, reach.
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Compass

(obsolete) A passing round; circuit; circuitous course.
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Compass

To surround; to encircle; to environ; to stretch round.
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Compass

To go about or round entirely; to traverse.
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Compass

(dated) To accomplish; to reach; to achieve; to obtain.
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Compass

(dated) To plot; to scheme (against someone).
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Compass

(obsolete) In a circuit; round about.
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Compass

A passing round; circuit; circuitous course.
They fetched a compass of seven day's journey.
This day I breathed first; time is come round,And where I did begin, there shall I end;My life is run his compass.
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Compass

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

An inclosed space; an area; extent.
Their wisdom . . . lies in a very narrow compass.
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Compass

Extent; reach; sweep; capacity; sphere; as, the compass of his eye; the compass of imagination.
The compass of his argument.
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Compass

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.
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Compass

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.
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Compass

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.
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Compass

A pair of compasses.
To fix one foot of their compass wherever they please.
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Compass

A circle; a continent.
The tryne compas [the threefold world containing earth, sea, and heaven. Skeat.]
Its leaves are turned to the north as true as the magnet:This is the compass flower.
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Compass

To go about or entirely round; to make the circuit of.
Ye shall compass the city seven times.
We the globe can compass soon.
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Compass

To inclose on all sides; to surround; to encircle; to environ; to invest; to besiege; - used with about, round, around, and round about.
With terrors and with clamors compassed round.
Now all the blessingsOf a glad father compass thee about.
Thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round.
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Compass

To reach round; to circumvent; to get within one's power; to obtain; to accomplish.
If I can check my erring love, I will:If not, to compass her I'll use my skill.
How can you hope to compass your designs?
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Compass

To curve; to bend into a circular form.
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Compass

To purpose; to intend; to imagine; to plot.
Compassing and imagining the death of the king are synonymous terms; compassing signifying the purpose or design of the mind or will, and not, as in common speech, the carrying such design to effect.
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Compass

Navigational instrument for finding directions
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Compass

An area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:
The range of a supersonic jet
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
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Compass

The limit of capability;
Within the compass of education
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Compass

Drafting instrument used for drawing circles
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Compass

Bring about; accomplish;
This writer attempts more than his talents can compass
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Compass

Travel around, either by plane or ship;
We compassed the earth
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Compass

Get the meaning of something;
Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?
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