circle


circle
circle [sʉr′kəl]
n.
[ME cercle < OFr < L circulus, a circle, dim. of circus: see CIRCUS]
1. a plane figure bounded by a single curved line, every point of which is equally distant from the point at the center of the figure: see CONIC SECTION, ECCENTRICITY (sense 3)
2. the line bounding such a figure; circumference
3. anything shaped like a circle, as a circular road, a ring, a crown, or a halo
4. Old Poet. the orb of a heavenly body
5. the orbit of a heavenly body
6. a balcony or tier of seats as in a theater [the dress circle]
7. a complete or recurring series, usually ending as it began; cycle; period
8. a group of people bound together by common interests; coterie
9. Historical a territorial division, esp. in Germany
10. range or extent, as of influence or interest; scope
11.
a) GREAT CIRCLE
b) a parallel of latitude: see also ARCTIC CIRCLE, ANTARCTIC CIRCLE
12. an astronomical instrument with a part in the form of a calibrated circle
13. Logic a faulty manner of reasoning in which the conclusion that is to be proved is assumed in a premise [guilty of arguing in a circle]: see also VICIOUS CIRCLE
vt.
circled, circling
1. to form a circle around; encompass; surround
2. to move around, as in a circle
vi.
to go around in a circle; revolve
SYN.- COTERIE
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☆ circle the wagons
Informal to take defensive action; prepare for an attack: from arranging a wagon train in a circular formation
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come full circle
to return to an original position or state after going through a series or cycle
circler [cir′klər]
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • Circle — Cir cle (s[ e]r k l), n. [OE. cercle, F. cercle, fr. L. circulus (Whence also AS. circul), dim. of circus circle, akin to Gr. kri kos, ki rkos, circle, ring. Cf. {Circus}, {Circum }.] [1913 Webster] 1. A plane figure, bounded by a single curve… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Circle — Cir cle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Circled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Circling}.] [OE. cerclen, F. cercler, fr. L. circulare to make round. See {Circle}, n., and cf. {Circulate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To move around; to revolve around. [1913 Webster] Other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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