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  • Decircinate means to round off, form into a circle, draw a circle, bring into a compass or roundness (Oxford English Dictionary).

    August 13, 2011

  • I would have thought the term would be 'encircinate'. Decircinate sounds like it would imply squaring off or in some other way disrupting the roundness of something.

    August 15, 2011

  • Bourbonmots: There is a quote from 1656 that defines decircinate as you suggest, i.e. "to bring out of compass or roundness, to unbind" (Oxford English Dictionary).

    August 15, 2011

  • Thanks. I’m also seeing an 1897 quote: “…to bring into a compass or roundness: to draw a Circle with a pair of Compasses.” And I can see it now, thinking of it in the sense of words like delineate and describe -- 'to draw a circle' being the original definition and the other senses following by extension

    August 15, 2011

  • Clearly, this means: "to restore humans to their natural form after being turned into pigs by Circe".

    August 15, 2011

  • The Century's first definition for circinate has the bit about making "a circle (upon) with a pair of compasses."

    And rolig, don't forget the related term "uncircinate," which would describe those humans before their transformation.

    August 15, 2011

  • 10 rcircinates (metric system).

    August 15, 2011