[n] navigational instrument for finding directions
[n] drafting instrument used for drawing circles
[n] an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"; "the ambit of municipal legislation"; "within the compass of this article"; "within the scope of an investigation"; "outside the reach of the law"; "in the political orbit of a world power"
[n] the limit of capability; "within the compass of education"
[v] get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
[v] travel around, either by plane or ship; "We compassed the earth"
[v] bring about; accomplish; "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"
ambit, apprehend, circumnavigate, comprehend, dig, get the picture, grasp, grasp, orbit, range, range, reach, reach, savvy, scope