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compass is pronounced in two syllables
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video examples of compass pronunciation
An example use of compass in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… field just like this compass needle that …”
meanings of compass
The range of notes of a musical instrument or voice.
A passing round; circuit; circuitous course.
A magnetic or electronic device used to determine the cardinal directions (usually magnetic or true north).
A pair of compasses (a device used to draw an arc or circle).
Moderate bounds, limits of truth; moderation; due limits; used with within.
An enclosing limit; a boundary, a circumference.
A space within limits; an area.
To plot; to scheme (against someone).
To surround; to encircle; to environ; to stretch round.
To accomplish; to reach; to achieve; to obtain.
To go about or round entirely; to traverse.
In a circuit; round about.
compass frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR
the word compass occurs in english on average 5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.