Definition of universal compass in English:

universal compass

noun

  • A pair of compasses with legs that may be extended for large circles.

    • ‘The Iris 100 is a universal compass that can be used both as a steering compass and as a hand-bearing position fixing compass.’
    • ‘Remembered by many as the Silva universal compass, this classic instrument comes with a mounting bracket enabling it to be mounted and read from nearly any position - on a bulkhead or on a shelf or dash as a steering compass, or even from the overhead as a ‘tell-tale’ compass.’