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bow compass

[boh] /boʊ/
noun
1.
any of several types of compasses having the legs joined by a bow-shaped piece.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800
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British Dictionary definitions for bow-compass

bow compass

/bəʊ/
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 screw Also called bow-spring compass
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