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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Compasses  \Com"pass*es\,  n.,  pl 
  An  instrument  for  describing  circles,  measuring  figures, 
  etc.,  consisting  of  two  or  (rarely)  more  pointed  branches, 
  or  legs,  usually  joined  at  the  top  by  a  rivet  on  which  they 
  move 
 
  Note:  The  compasses  for  drawing  circles  have  adjustable  pen 
  points,  pencil  points,  etc.;  those  used  for  measuring 
  without  adjustable  points  are  generally  called 
  dividers.  See  {Dividers}. 
 
  {Bow  compasses}.  See  {Bow-compass}. 
 
  {Caliber  compasses},  {Caliper  compasses}.  See  {Calipers}. 
 
  {Proportional},  {Triangular},  etc.,  {compasses}.  See  under 
  {Proportional},  etc 




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