Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A closed, usually circular line that goes around an object or area.
  • n. The region enclosed by such a line. See Synonyms at circumference.
  • n. A path or route the complete traversal of which without local change of direction requires returning to the starting point.
  • n. The act of following such a path or route.
  • n. A journey made on such a path or route.
  • n. Electronics A closed path followed or capable of being followed by an electric current.
  • n. Electronics A configuration of electrically or electromagnetically connected components or devices.
  • n. A regular or accustomed course from place to place; a round: a salesperson on the Detroit-Minneapolis-Chicago circuit; a popular speaker on the lecture circuit.
  • n. The area or district thus covered, especially a territory under the jurisdiction of a judge in which periodic court sessions are held.
  • n. An association of theaters in which plays, acts, or films move from theater to theater for presentation.
  • n. A group of nightclubs, show halls, or resorts at which entertainers appear in turn.
  • n. An association of teams or clubs.
  • n. A series of competitions held in different places.
  • transitive v. To make a circuit or circuit of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of moving or revolving around, or as in a circle or orbit; a revolution; as, the periodical circuit of the earth around the sun.
  • n. The circumference of, or distance around, any space; the measure of a line around an area.
  • n. That which encircles anything, as a ring or crown.
  • n. The space enclosed within a circle, or within limits.
  • n. Enclosed path of an electric current, usually designed for a certain function.
  • n. A regular or appointed journeying from place to place in the exercise of one's calling, as of a judge, or a preacher.
  • n. A certain division of a state or country, established by law for a judge or judges to visit, for the administration of justice.
  • n. A district in which an itinerant preacher labors.
  • n. By analogy to the proceeding three, a set of theaters among which the same acts circulate; especially common in the heyday of vaudeville.
  • n. circumlocution
  • v. To move in a circle; to go round; to circulate.
  • v. To travel around.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of moving or revolving around, or as in a circle or orbit; a revolution.
  • n. The circumference of, or distance round, any space; the measure of a line round an area.
  • n. That which encircles anything, as a ring or crown.
  • n. The space inclosed within a circle, or within limits.
  • n. A regular or appointed journeying from place to place in the exercise of one's calling, as of a judge, or a preacher.
  • n.
  • n. A certain division of a state or country, established by law for a judge or judges to visit, for the administration of justice.
  • n. A district in which an itinerant preacher labors.
  • n. Circumlocution.
  • intransitive v. To move in a circle; to go round; to circulate.
  • transitive v. To travel around.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of moving or passing around; a circular movement, progress, or journey; a revolution.
  • n. A boundary-line encompassing any object; the distance round any space, whether circular or of other form; circumference; limit; compass.
  • n. That which encircles; a ring or circlet.
  • n. The space inclosed in a circle or within certain limits.
  • n. The journey of a judge or other person from one place to another for the purpose of holding court or performing other stated duties.
  • n. The district or territory in which any business involving periodical journeys from place to place is carried on; the places visited.
  • n. Specifically The district or portion of country in which the same judge or judges hold courts for the trial of questions of fact.
  • n. Hence A circuit court (see below).
  • n. In the Meth. Ch., the district assigned to an itinerant preacher.
  • n. A number of theaters controlled by one manager.
  • n. The name given by foreigners in China to a subdivision of a province, containing two or more fû or prefectures, under the control of an official styled a Tao-tai.
  • n. The arrangement by which a current of electricity is kept up between the two poles of an electrical machine or of a voltaic battery; the path of an electric current.
  • n. A roundabout argument or statement; circumlocution.
  • n. In logic, the extension of a term. See extension.
  • n. In mathematics, a closed path on a surface.
  • n. In the Meth. Ch., to go the rounds of a circuit as an itinerant preacher.
  • To revolve about or go around in.
  • To move in a circle or circuit; go around.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a journey or route all the way around a particular place or area
  • n. an established itinerary of venues or events that a particular group of people travel to
  • n. the boundary line encompassing an area or object
  • n. (law) a judicial division of a state or the United States (so-called because originally judges traveled and held court in different locations); one of the twelve groups of states in the United States that is covered by a particular circuit court of appeals
  • n. an electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow
  • n. a racetrack for automobile races
  • v. make a circuit
  • n. movement once around a course

Etymologies

Middle English, circumference, from Old French, from Latin circuitus, a going around, from past participle of circumīre, to go around : circum-, circum- + īre, to go.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English circuit, from Old French circuit, from Latin circuitus ("a going round"), from circuire ("go round"), from circum ("around") + ire (Wiktionary)

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  • *rolls eyes*

    October 14, 2008

  • a going around

    June 19, 2007