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

  • adv. Back to one's starting point: We've come full circle from wealth to poverty to wealth again.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An angle of 360 degrees.
  • n. A full turn back to the original direction or orientation.


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  • Turak spun his blade easily, a full circle one way, then the other, his long-nailed fingers moving delicately on the hilt.

    The Great Hunt

  • Still unable to bring his rudder back to port, Phillpotts decided to continue at full speed and drive his ship around in a full circle as quickly as possible.

    Castles of Steel

  • He turned a long full circle in front of the house on the corner to get a better look, then cruised by Ally Pete-Robbins.

    The Six Rules of Maybe

  • Avery slapped Chizzam a high five when he coasted in after twisting around full circle on the biggest wave yet.

    Beacon Street Girls: Ready! Set! Hawaii!

  • Even as he watched, he saw Latha Meru turn away from him, apparently retreating to the lift—but wind up facing him again anyway, as if she had done a full circle rather than a simple quarter-turn.

    Creative Couplings

  • Hektor stepped back and with all his strength hit his opponent with an explosive right that spun the Thessalian through a full circle before his unconscious body hit the dirt.

    Shield of Thunder

  • He made a full circle around the plot, scanning the ground, muttering unintelligibly to himself while Erasmus Gray and I remained rooted to our spots, watching him.

    The Monstrumologist

  • Kuari looked about - as fast as his head could turn, for he knew how funny humans found the way he could swivel his head in nearly a full circle - and chuckles followed.

    Elephant in the City

  • “My Stompers!” cried Gash, turning in a full circle so he could see his army.

    Time Was

  • A kind of linguistic full circle was reached when Arabs in the Middle East sought to reject the Jewish state in their midst by evoking the word so long associated with Israel: the PLO, in Article 1 of its national charter of 1968, stated, “Palestine is the national homeland of the Arab Palestinian people; it is an indivisible part of the Arab homeland.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time


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