bow compass


bow compass
/boh/
any of several types of compasses having the legs joined by a bow-shaped piece.
[1790-1800]

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  • bow compass — noun Etymology: bow (III) : a small pair of compasses one leg of which carries a pencil, pen, or point, its legs being connected by a bow shaped spring instead of by a joint …   Useful english dictionary

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  • 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

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