compass points

Eight, 16, or 32 named directions, comprising cardinal, quadrantal, and 24 intermediate points.

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  • compass points — Use capital initials for north, south, east, and west when these are part of recognized names, e.g. North London / South America / the East End. The same applies to northern, southern, etc., when these have specific geographical reference, as in… …   Modern English usage

  • Compass (think tank) — Compass is a centre left[1] pressure group, aligned with the UK Labour Party describing itself as An umbrella grouping of the progressive left whose sum is greater than its parts . Compass differs from a classic think tank in that it is a… …   Wikipedia

  • compass point — compass points N COUNT A compass point is one of the 32 marks on the dial of a compass that show direction, for example north, south, east, and west …   English dictionary

  • Compass — This article is about the direction finding instrument used in navigation. For other uses, see Compass (disambiguation). A simple dry magnetic pocket compass …   Wikipedia

  • Compass rose — For the meteorological graphic, see Wind rose A common compass rose as is found on a nautical chart showing both true and magnetic north with magnetic declination A compass rose, sometimes called a windrose, is a figure on a compass, map, nau …   Wikipedia

  • compass — com|pass [ˈkʌmpəs] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: compas measure, circle, compass , from compasser to measure , from Vulgar Latin compassare to measure by walking , from Latin com ( COM ) + passus ( PACE1)] 1.) an instrument that shows …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Compass navigation system — For navigation with a magnetic compass, see compass. Comparison of GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and Compass (medium earth orbit) satellite navigation system orbits with the International Space Station, Hubble Space Telescope and Iridium constellat …   Wikipedia

  • compass point — noun Any of the horizontal directions indicated on a compass. There may be 4, 8, 16 or 32 compass points on a compass, depending on its size and accuracy. Syn: point of the compass …   Wiktionary

  • compass base — An area on the airfield earmarked for compass swinging aircraft. The area is paved, and there are no installations nearby that can influence the electromagnetic field of the aircraft. The area may be marked with compass points. Also called a… …   Aviation dictionary

  • Compass — Com pass (k[u^]m pas), n. [F. compas, fr. LL. compassus circle, prop., a stepping together; com + passus pace, step. See {Pace}, {Pass}.] 1. A passing round; circuit; circuitous course. [1913 Webster] They fetched a compass of seven day s journey …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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