Definition of beam compass in English:

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beam compass

(also beam compasses)


A drawing compass consisting of a horizontal rod or beam connected by sliding sockets to two vertical legs, used for drawing large circles.
Example sentences
  • The radius of circle or arc you can make with this beam compass set is limited only by the ledge you have at hand.
  • The fine adjustment mechanism on a beam compass makes distance transfers quicker and more precise than with a ruler and pencil alone.
  • The beam compass is preferred due to its greater rigidity.
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