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    dividers vs compass

    Is there any difference between a pair of dividers and a pair of compasses or are they exactly the same? Does anyone know?


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    Re: dividers vs compass

    Dividers are a piece of equipment used in mathematics consisting of two parts which are joined at one end and have sharp points at the other and which are used for measuring lines and angles and for marking positions along lines

    Compass: 1: A mathematical instrument for dividing and drawing circles - looks like a pair of dividers but one arms holds a pencil with which marks can be made; 2: an instrument indicating the magnetic meridian. To avoid confusion, the term "compasses" is often used to identify the mathematical instrument.

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    Re: dividers vs compass

    Quote Originally Posted by micaelo View Post
    Is there any difference between a pair of dividers and a pair of compasses or are they exactly the same? Does anyone know?
    That's an old friend! My grandfather used to insist on this phrase. Most people (and most dictionaries) use 'compass' (but I don't, 'because I know it teases'*)

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    * Alice's Adventures in Wonderland -- Chapter VI and search for "teases"

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    Re: dividers vs compass

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    That's an old friend!
    I adore that turn of phrase.

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    A pair of compasses, an old and very familiar term indeed.

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