Definition of bow compass in English:

bow compass

Syllabification: bow com·pass
Pronunciation: /ˈbō ˌkəmpəs
 
/
(also bow compasses)

noun

  • A compass with jointed legs.
    More example sentences
    • Some French coopers used this kind of bow compass rather than the common hinged compass.
    • Drop bow compasses were also referred to as rotating compasses or sometimes, incorrectly, as pump compasses.
    • The Linex Compass Set contains a pencil compass with knee joint, a bow compass, a pen insert with handle and extra leads.

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