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TO COMPASS. To imagine; to contrive.
     2. In England, to compass the death of the king is high treason. Bract. 1. 3, c. 2 Britt. c. 8; Mirror, c. 1, s. 4.

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A digital magnetic compass provides a [+ or -] 8 mill accuracy, the electronic clinometer having a [+ or -] 4 mill accuracy, position being provided by an embedded GPS/SAASM.
We included hatch-year juveniles with no migration experience; juveniles possess a magnetic compass and are presumed to have an innate knowledge of the species-specific migratory direction.
Numerous studies of magnetic compass mechanisms of migratory birds and cryptochrome magnetoreception have been carried on in the past three decades.
Declination: the error between true North (upon which all maps are based) and magnetic North (where all magnetic compass needles point).
Einstein got his introduction to science when his dad bought him a magnetic compass.
Consequently, should your GPS and magnetic compass disagree regarding directions, most likely the GPS is using true north as a reference.
The competing teams of speleologists at Cheve, like scientists working in caves everywhere, use three instruments: a magnetic compass for measuring declination, or direction; an inclinometer for downward slope; and a tape measure for distance.
Many who pioneered these researches such as Henry Briggs, Edward Gunther, and Henry Gellibrand, went on to become professors at Gresham College, and work done at Gresham was instrumental in developing the theory associated with the magnetic compass which was supposed to aid voyages in search of the Northwest Passage.
Among the new technologies that signal the beginnings of early modernity, gunpowder, printing, and the magnetic compass share a traditional priority conferred upon them most fatuously by Francis Bacon.
BAE Systems' TRIGR system consists of an integrated, forward-looking advanced infrared optic, a 7x direct-view optic, laser range finger, digital magnetic compass, and a Global Positioning System, or GPS, receiver to locate targets of interest.
rs uses power efficient device calibration as well as sensor data capture and fusion (including accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetic compass, Wi-Fi).
The basic sight includes an eye display, a daylight TV channel, a laser rangefinder, a magnetic compass and a tilt indicator.