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compass (sense ‘range of voice’ occurs Ham. III. ii. 391)
1. circle, circumference Gent. II. vii. 51 “What will you wear your farthingale?,” Wiv. V. v. 72, R2 II. i. 101, 3H6 IV. iii. 46 “the of her” [Fortune's] “wheel.”
2. circular course, circuit Cæs. V. iii. 25 “My life is run his compass,” Oth. III. iv. 72 “A sibyl, that had number'd in the world The sun to course two hundred compasses.”
3. bounds, limits; range, reach R2 III. iv. 40, 1H4 III. iii. 22 “in good ” (=within reasonable limits), H8 I. i. 36 “Beyond thought's compass,” Tit. V. i. 126, Oth. III. iv. 21 (Qq “compassing”).
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