from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A plane curve everywhere equidistant from a given fixed point, the center.
- noun A planar region bounded by a circle.
- noun Something, such as a ring, shaped like such a plane curve.
- noun A circular or nearly circular course, circuit, or orbit.
- noun A traffic circle.
- noun A series or process that finishes at its starting point or continuously repeats itself; a cycle.
- noun A group of people sharing an interest, activity, or achievement.
- noun A territorial or administrative division, especially of a province, in some European countries.
- noun A sphere of influence or interest; domain.
- noun Logic A vicious circle.
- intransitive verb To make or form a circle around.
- intransitive verb To move in a circle around.
- intransitive verb To move in a circle. synonym: turn.
- idiom (circle the wagons) To take a defensive position; become defensive.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In elementary geom., a plane figure whose periphery is everywhere equally distant from a point within it, the center; in modern geom., the periphery of such a figure; a circumference.
- noun A circular formation or arrangement; a circlet; a ring: as, a circle of stones or of lights.
- noun A round body; a sphere; an orb.
- noun Circuit; course.
- noun Compass; inclosure.
- noun Something conceived as analogous to a circle; specifically, a number of persons intimately related to a central interest, person, or event; hence, a number of persons associated by any tie; a coterie; a set: as, a circle of ideas; to move in the higher circles of society; the circles of fashion; the family circle.
- noun A series ending where it begins, and perpetually repeated.
- noun A complete system, involving several subordinate divisions: as, the circle of the sciences.
- noun Circumlocution; indirect form of speech.
- noun In logic, an inconclusive form of argument, in which two or more unproved statements, or their equivalents, are used to prove each other: often called a vicious circle, or argument in a circle.
- noun The English equivalent of the name given in some countries, as in Germany, to certain administrative divisions.
- noun In astronomy and geodesy, a piece of metal or glass with lines engraved upon it so as to form graduations dividing the circumference of a circle into equal parts; hence, any instrument of which such a graduated circle forms the part that is most important or most difficult to make.
- noun A small shuttle made in the form of a horseshoe, and moving in a circular path.
- noun In geography, a small circle the plane of which is perpendicular to the axis of the earth; a circle of the globe parallel to the equator: more usually called a parallel of latitude.
- noun A line showing the hour on a sun-dial.
- noun A circle of declination: referred to as the two-hour circle, etc., especially as the six-hour circle.
- To encircle; encompass; surround; inclose.
- To move around; revolve around.
- To make to move in a circle or to revolve.
- To move in a round or circle; circulate; revolve or turn circularly.
- To form a circle; assume or have the form of a circle.
- noun A bookbinders' wheel-shaped tool, having a design engraved on the rim or edge.
- noun A circle of communicating arterioles on the sclerotic surrounding the optic nerve.
- noun A ring of fibrocartilage which gives support to the auriculoventricular valve on each side of the heart. Also called
circulus callosus Halleri.
- noun The circumcircle of the triangle of similitude of three figures directly similar.
- noun Second Lemoine circle. Same as
- noun In gearing, the pitch-circle.
- noun In surgery, the passage of chyme, after gastro-enterostomy, through the artificial opening into the intestine, and then its regurgitation, in consequence of antiperistaltic action, through the pylorus back into the stomach.
- noun The mutually accelerating action of two independent but coexisting diseases.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To move around; to revolve around.
- transitive verb To encompass, as by a circle; to surround; to inclose; to encircle.
- transitive verb to confine; to hem in; to keep together; as, to
- intransitive verb To move circularly; to form a circle; to circulate.
- noun A plane figure, bounded by a single curve line called its circumference, every part of which is equally distant from a point within it, called the center.
- noun The line that bounds such a figure; a circumference; a ring.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
_ A circle whose center moves around _upon_, or in, the circumference of another _circle_; as the orbit of the moon in its motion with the earth around the sun.
(STANDISH _places the chairs above and below the table in the circle, then the chair on the_ R. _side of the fireplace in the circle_.)
(_Goes inside circle and sits down up_ C. _in circle_.)
The main circle is bi-directional and each entrance has it's own unidirectional mini circle.
We need not imagine that Aristides meant the word circle literally.
And in particular he singled out for comment the following question, which was one of those set, “Using the term circle as extending to the case where the radius is a pure imaginary, it is required to construct the common chord of two given circles.”
My brother has relayed his circle is the same ... few hunt squirrels, and those that once did have put it to the side for deer, turkey, etc.
This circle is a foundation for each of our lives.
I stay within what I call my circle of competence.
I think the circle is a fine form as well especially since clothes will fill any space.