(Com*part") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Comparted; p. pr. & vb. n. Comparting.] [L. compartiri; com- + partiri, partire to share, pars, partis, part, share: cf. OF. compartir. See Part, v. t.] To divide; to mark out into parts or subdivisions. [R.]

The crystal surface is comparted all
In niches verged with rubies.

(Com`par*ti"tion) n. [LL. compartitio.] The act of dividing into parts or compartments; division; also, a division or compartment. [Obs.]

Their temples . . . needed no compartitions.
Sir H. Wotton.

(Com*part"ment) n. [F. compartiment, OF. compartir to divide. See Compart.]

1. One of the parts into which an inclosed portion of space is divided, as by partitions, or lines; as, the compartments of a cabinet, a house, or a garden.

In the midst was placed a large compartment composed of grotesque work.

2. (Shipbuilding) One of the sections into which the hold of a ship is divided by water-tight bulkheads.

(Com*part"ner) n. See Copartner. [Obs.]

(Com"pass) n. [F. compas, fr. LL. compassus circle, prop., a stepping together; com- + passus pace, step. See Pace, Pass.]

1. A passing round; circuit; circuitous course.

They fetched a compass of seven day's journey.
2 Kings iii. 9.

This day I breathed first; time is come round,
And where I did begin, there shall I end;
My life is run his compass.

2. An inclosing limit; boundary; circumference; as, within the compass of an encircling wall.

3. An inclosed space; an area; extent.

Their wisdom . . . lies in a very narrow compass.

4. Extent; reach; sweep; capacity; sphere; as, the compass of his eye; the compass of imagination.

The compass of his argument.

5. Moderate bounds, limits of truth; moderation; due limits; — used with within.

In two hundred years before (I speak within compass), no such commission had been executed.
Sir J. Davies.

6. (Mus.) The range of notes, or tones, within the capacity of a voice or instrument.

You would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass.

7. An instrument for determining directions upon the earth's surface by means of a magnetized bar or needle turning freely upon a pivot and pointing in a northerly and southerly direction.

He that first discovered the use of the compass did more for the supplying and increase of useful commodities than those who built workhouses.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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