Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To draw a line around; encircle.
  • transitive verb To form or mark the limits of; delineate.
  • transitive verb To limit narrowly; restrict: synonym: limit.
  • transitive verb To enclose (a polygon or polyhedron) within a configuration of lines, curves, or surfaces so that every vertex of the enclosed object is incident on the enclosing configuration.
  • transitive verb To erect (such a configuration) around a polygon or polyhedron.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To write or inscribe around.
  • To mark out certain bounds or limits for; inclose within certain limits; limit; bound; confine; restrain.
  • In geometry, to draw around so as to touch at as many points as possible.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb rare to write or engrave around.
  • transitive verb To inclose within a certain limit; to hem in; to surround; to bound; to confine; to restrain.
  • transitive verb (Geom.) To draw a line around so as to touch at certain points without cutting. See Inscribe, 5.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To draw a line around; to encircle.
  • verb To limit narrowly; to restrict.
  • verb geometry To draw the smallest circle or higher-dimensional sphere that has (a polyhedron, polygon, etc.) in its interior.

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

  • verb restrict or confine,
  • verb to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect
  • verb draw a line around

Etymologies

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

[Middle English circumscriben, from Latin circumscrībere : circum-, circum- + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin circumscrībō, from circum ("around") + scrībō ("write").

Examples

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  • to draw a line around

    June 19, 2007

  • to draw a line around

    June 19, 2007

  • The examples don't appear to involve the word "circumscribe". Perhaps I have misunderstood the purpose of that section?

    March 2, 2010

  • Weird!

    March 2, 2010

  • John et al are tinkering under the hood of the examples engine. Expect lots of steam 'n' cussin' for the time being.

    March 2, 2010

  • Yep, the examples engine is in the shop for repairs. When it comes out, it'll drive like the General Lee.

    Which makes Tony Cooter, I think.

    March 2, 2010