An image of a directional compass on map showing north, south, east, and west.
an object that appears on maps to identify four main directions: north, south, east and west.
A circle on a chart indicating the direction of geographic north and sometimes also magnetic north. Charts usually have more that one compass rose. In that case the compass rose nearest to the object being plotted should be used as the geographic directions and magnetic variations may change slightly in different places on the chart.