bow compass

bow compass

bow compass [boh] Word Origin noun

  1. any of several types of compasses having the legs joined by a bow-shaped piece.

Origin of bow compass First recorded in 1790–1800 British Dictionary definitions for bow compass bow compass noun

  1. a compass for drawing, in which the legs are joined by a flexible metal bow-shaped spring rather than a hinge, the angle being adjusted by a screwAlso called: bow-spring compass

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