compás
(pl compases)
masculine noun
1. pair of compasses (instrumento)
2. compass (Náut) (brújula)
3. bar (Mús) (periodo); rhythm, beat (ritmo)
  • al compás (de la música) -> in time (with the music)
  • llevar el compás -> to keep time
  • perder el compás -> to lose the beat
4. (figurative)
  • compás de espera -> pause, interlude
  • las negociaciones se hallan en un compás de espera -> negotiations have been temporarily suspended

compás [com-pahs’]
noun
1. Pair of compasses, a mathematical instrument. (m)
verb
2. PANTÓMETRA.
  • Compás de relojero -> clockmaker's compass
3. A territory and district assigned to a monastery.
4. Power of the voice to express the notes of music.
5. Measure, time in music.
  • A compás -> in right musical time
  • Al compás de la música -> in time to the music
  • Entraron a los compases de un vals -> they came in to the strains of a waltz
6. Motion of the hand of a conductor of an orchestra.
7. Measure, the space upon the staff between two bars.
8. Size, compass.
9. Rule of life, principle to be governed by, pattern. (Metaphorical)
10. Compás de muelle, springs compass, springs of metal to raise or lower a coachroof.
11. Compás de mar, mariner’s compass.
verb
12. BRÚJULA and BITACÓRA.
13. Compás mixto, (Fenc.) Mixed movement, partly direct and partly curved; a feint.

compás
1 (Música) time; (ritmo) beat; rhythm; (división) bar; measure; (EEUU)
a compás in time; al compás de la música in time to the music; fuera de compás off beat; not in time; martillar a compás to hammer rhythmically; llevar el compás to keep time; perder el compás to lose the beat; entraron a los compases de un vals they came in to the strains of a waltz; mantenemos el compás de espera we are still waiting
compás de 2 por 4 2/4 time
compás de vals waltz time
2 (Matemáticas) (also compás de puntas) compass; pair of compasses
3 (Náutica) compass

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