bow-compasses

bow-compasses
bowˈ-compasses plural noun
A small pair of compasses, often with a bow-shaped spring instead of a hinge
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Main Entry:bow

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  • Bow compasses — 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. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bow-compasses — Bow compass Bow com pass, n.; pl. {Bow compasses}. 1. An arcograph. [1913 Webster] 2. A small pair of compasses, one leg of which carries a pencil, or a pen, for drawing circles. Its legs are often connected by a bow shaped spring, instead of by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bow-compass — Bow com pass, n.; pl. {Bow compasses}. 1. An arcograph. [1913 Webster] 2. A small pair of compasses, one leg of which carries a pencil, or a pen, for drawing circles. Its legs are often connected by a bow shaped spring, instead of by a joint.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. [1913 Webster] Note: The compasses for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. [1913 Webster] Note: The compasses for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bow-pen — n. Bow compasses carrying a drawing pen. See {Bow compass}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bow-pencil — Bow pen cil, n. Bow compasses, one leg of which carries a pencil. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bow compass — [bō] n. a pair of drawing compasses with legs joined by a flexible steel band, the angle between being adjusted by a screw …   English World dictionary

  • Caliber compasses — 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. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Caliper compasses — 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. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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