Bow"-com`pass (?), n.; pl. Bow-compasses ().

1.

An arcograph.

2.

A small pair of compasses, one leg of which carries a pencil, or a pen, for drawing circles. Its legs are often connected by a bow-shaped spring, instead of by a joint.

3.

A pair of compasses, with a bow or arched plate riveted to one of the legs, and passing through the other.

 

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