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points of the compass

[′pȯins əvthə ′käm·pəs]
(geodesy)
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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(The number 360 was chosen to reflect all points of the compass, since one basic system would now serve a variety of needs.)
Since the combination of the county council and Charnwood Council stole our bus station and spread the towncentre stops to all points of the compass, I've become a frequent user of the Aumberry Gap stop, this being the first en route out of town served by all southbound services.
His skull was held up by four dwarfs, Nordri, Sudri, Austri, and Vestri (the four points of the compass), and became the dome of the heavens.
The participants sat in a large circle while a Franciscan nun placed fragments of tree from different parts of the world on the floor, at the four points of the compass. Then she thanked `Brother Sun' and `Mother Earth', `Brother Fire' and `Sister Water' for their life-giving qualities.
In addition to a richly textured globe that can be spun from pole to pole and through all points of the compass, there is a world political map by Hammond Inc.
Mark the points of the compass on the cardboard around the mirror as shown.
The Ethiopic rite also uses all four palm narratives, read at four points of the compass (could this be related to the celebration of the `four living creatures' in Ethiopia on November 4th?); a particular feature of all three is the welcome increasing attention by liturgical scholars to the different uses of Scripture readings and their motivation.
The present collection (Herbert's eighth) contains poems which are serious and comic, in English and in Scots; it is divided into four sections representing the points of the compass, enabling Herbert to suggest universality, which he undercuts with subtitles such as "Gone West" and "East of Auden." Not surprisingly to a modem Scot, it is the NorthSouth axis which is the more important.
Measuring 900mm in width (the scheme conforms to a basic 900 x 900mm module), the passage traces a line between Oulart and Vinegar Hills, running four degrees off the cardinal east-west points of the compass. Sheer flanking walls frame Vinegar Hill on the west, and the rays of the rising and setting sun.
Thankfully, there were no fatalities, only chaos as those bringing up the rear clattered into each other sending shards of carbon fibre to all points of the compass.
He traces some of Washington's "religious" aspects back to Babylon an other ancient capitals: radiating avenues, orientation of the city's main axes to the four points of the compass, "central monumental architecture like temples, palaces, pyramids, ziggurats, and raised altars," and "processional boulevards connecting these places of power." Such architecture, Meyer says, symbolizes the larger cosmic order and proclaims a connection between the city and its heavenly sponsors.
A SENIOR side packed with local heroes is something of a rarity these days as an increasing number of clubs chase success by improving 'star' performers from all points of the compass.