(Latin: step, stepping)
2. With rapid movements.
3. Etymology: derived from Old English, an, "on"; a-, "on" + pace, "a step", from Old French pas, from Latin passus, "a step"; literally, the past participle of pandere, "to stretch (the leg), to spread out"; also related to Greek, petalon, "a leaf".
2. Another device; such as, a radio compass or a gyrocompass, used for determining geographic directions.
3. The extent within limits; an area; a reach; a scope: "He is working within the compass of the current economic situation; so, it is not possible to increase spending for such a project."
4. A hinged instrument for drawing circles and arcs, with one leg ending in a point used as the pivot and the other ending in a pencil or pen that traces a curve as it is turned.
5. Etymology: "space, area, extent, circumference"; from Old French compas, "circle, radius, pair of compasses"; from compasser, "to go around, to measure, to divide equally"; from Vulgar Latin compassare, "to pace out"; from Latin com-, "together" + passus, "a step".
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2. A north-seeking form of gyroscope used as a directional reference in navigation.
3. A navigational compass containing a gyroscope rotor, that, when adjusted for the latitude and speed of the vessel or aircraft, indicates the direction of true north along the surface of the earth or communicates this information to one or more gyro repeaters.
The group of friends wanted to climb up to the peak of the mountain but were told that it was impassable because of heavy snow during the night.
It was impossible to read Eric's impassible expression at the news of the efforts of his friends to cross the impassable mountain pass during the winter.
The hallway in Janet's home was almost immpassably blocked by her little daughter's toys, blocks, and dolls.
2. A road with only one way in; a dead-end street; a blind alley: The Smith family lived in an impasse, and they had to turn their car around and go out in the same manner as they came in!
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2. Concerning a person who is not touched or moved to passion or sympathy: Jack's sister Jill was in an impassible state of mind when she found out that her mother was involved with another man.
4. Relating to an individual who is unfeeling or not showing feeling; impassive: At the funeral James was quite impassible because he didn't know the person who had passed away.
5. Pertaining to a person who is not susceptible to, or not capable of feeling physical pain or injury; sensationless: When Ruth broke her arm, she was impassible for a moment or two because she didn't feel any throbbing or shooting pain at all!