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  1. present participle of compass


compassing (comparative more compassing, superlative most compassing)

  1. (shipbuilding) curved; bent
    compassing timbers


compassing (plural compassings)

  1. (dated) The forming of plots or schemes; machination.
    • 1878, Texas. Court of Appeals, ‎Alexander Melvorne Jackson, Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Court of Appeals of the State of Texas
      If this proposition needed a reply, it would be sufficient to point to what we have already shown. But take the external circumstances surrounding the case, and they discover that inward intention of the prisoner. His deliberate compassings, the nature and character of the act done, the deliberation shown in preparing for the deed, the state and condition of his mind at the time—all these show express malice.