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

  • adj. Of or relating to a circle.
  • adj. Shaped like or nearly like a circle; round.
  • adj. Moving in or forming a circle.
  • adj. Circuitous; roundabout: took a circular route to the office.
  • adj. Using a premise to prove a conclusion that in turn is used to prove the premise: a circular argument.
  • adj. Defining one word in terms of another that is itself defined in terms of the first word.
  • adj. Addressed or distributed to a large number of persons.
  • n. A printed advertisement, directive, or notice intended for mass distribution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to a circle
  • adj. in the shape of, or moving in a circle
  • adj. circuitous or roundabout
  • adj. defining one word in terms of another that is itself defined in terms of the first word
  • adj. distributed to a large number of persons
  • n. A printed advertisement, directive, or notice intended for mass distribution; a flyer
  • n. In the Administration, a circular letter
  • n. A sleeveless cloak, cut in circular form.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. In the form of, or bounded by, a circle; round.
  • adj. repeating itself; ending in itself; reverting to the point of beginning; hence, illogical; inconclusive.
  • adj. Adhering to a fixed circle of legends; cyclic; hence, mean; inferior. See Cyclic poets, under Cyclic.
  • adj. Addressed to a circle, or to a number of persons having a common interest; circulated, or intended for circulation.
  • adj. Perfect; complete.
  • n. A circular letter, or paper, usually printed, copies of which are addressed or given to various persons.
  • n. A sleeveless cloak, cut in circular form.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the form of a circle; round.
  • Moving in or forming a circle, circuit, or round; returning to the starting-point: as, circular motion.
  • Related to the circle: as, circular points. See below.
  • Figuratively, passing through a round or circuit of events or experiences; successive in order and recurrent.
  • Adhering to a certain cycle of legends; cyclic: applied to certain poets. See cyclic.
  • Intended for circulation among certain persons. See circular letter, below.
  • Complete; perfect.
  • Roundabout; circuitous; circumlocutory.
  • n. A letter, notice, or printed paper containing information, or an announcement, or a request, etc., intended for general circulation or for circulation among a particular class or circle of persons; a circular letter: as, a business circular; a diplomatic circular.
  • n. [Cf. cyclas, ciclaton.] ‘A kind of long cape or sleeveless cloak worn by women: as, a fur circular.

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

  • adj. having a circular shape
  • n. an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution
  • adj. describing a circle; moving in a circle

Etymologies

Middle English circuler, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin circulāris, from circulus, circle; see circle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French circulier, from Latin circularis, from circulus, diminutive of circus ("ring"). (Wiktionary)

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