Compassable to Competence
(Com"pass*a*ble) a. Capable of being compassed or accomplished. Burke.
(Com"passed) a. Rounded; arched. [Obs.]
She came . . . into the compassed window.
(Com"pass*es) n., pl. An instrument for describing circles, measuring figures, etc., consisting
of two, or (rarely) more, pointed branches, or legs, usually joined at the top by a rivet on which they
The compasses for drawing circles have adjustable pen points, pencil points, etc.; those used for measuring
without adjustable points are generally called dividers. See Dividers.
Bow compasses. See Bow- compass. Caliber compasses, Caliper compasses. See Calipers.
Proportional, Triangular, etc., compasses. See under Proportional, etc.
(Com"pass*ing) a. (Shipbuilding) Curved; bent; as, compassing timbers.
(Com*pas"sion) n. [F., fr. L. compassio, fr. compati to have compassion; com- + pati
to bear, suffer. See Patient.] Literally, suffering with another; a sensation of sorrow excited by the distress
or misfortunes of another; pity; commiseration.
Womanly ingenuity set to work by womanly compassion.
Syn. Pity; sympathy; commiseration; fellow-feeling; mercy; condolence. See Pity.
(Com*pas"sion), v. t. To pity. [Obs.] Shak.
(Com*pas"sion*a*ble) a. Deserving compassion or pity; pitiable. [R.] Barrow.
1. Having a temper or disposition to pity; sympathetic; merciful.
There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.
2. Complaining; inviting pity; pitiable. [R.] Shak.
Syn. Sympathizing; tender; merciful; pitiful.
(Com*pas"sion*ate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compassionated (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Compassionating
] To have compassion for; to pity; to commiserate; to sympathize with.
Compassionates my pains, and pities me.
(Com*pas"sion*ate*ly) adv. In a compassionate manner; mercifully. Clarendon.
(Com*pas"sion*ate*ness), n. The quality or state of being compassionate.
(Com"pass*less) a. Having no compass. Knowles.
(Com`pa*ter"ni*ty) n. [LL. compaternitas, fr. compater godfather; com- + pater father.]
The relation of a godfather to a person. [Obs.]
The relation of gossipred or compaternity by the canon law is a spiritual affinity.
Sir J. Davies.