# Why is a drawing compass called a compass?

**drawing**tool

**named drawing compass**is used to

**draw**circles or arcs. This tool is also

**known as**a pair of

**compasses**, or simply as a

**compass**.

**Drawing compass**has two parts connected by a hinge so the radius of the

**circle**that is drawn can be adjusted and changed.

Likewise, why is a compass called a compass?

The word "**compass**" means "to go around, encircle"; it originally meant "to measure" by pacing (passus). Since a **compass** "goes around," this makes some sense. "

**compass**, also known as a pair of

**compasses**, is a technical

**drawing**instrument that can be used for inscribing circles or arcs.

Correspondingly, what is the use of drawing compass?

A **compass** (or pair of **compasses**) is a **drawing** tool that can be used to **draw** circles or arcs, parts of circles. They can also be used to measure distances, in particular on maps. **Compasses** can be used for mathematics, drafting, navigation, and more.

The geometric and military compass of **Galileo** belonged to this class of instruments. Invented in Padua in 1597, the instrument is also linked to **Galileo's** activity (fig. 7) in the Accademia Delia (fig. 8), founded in Padua to provide mathematical instruction for young noblemen training for a military career.