(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
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.
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.