- The definition of a circle is a curved line that is the same distance from the center all the way around and connects at the point where it began.
- An example of circle is a round plate.
- An example of circle is the earth.
- Circle means to surround or move around someone or something.
An example of circle is someone walking around a grove of trees.
This empty plate is a circle.
- a plane figure bounded by a single curved line, every point of which is equally distant from the point at the center of the figure
- the line bounding such a figure; circumference
- anything shaped like a circle, as a circular road, a ring, a crown, or a halo
- Old Poet. the orb of a heavenly body
- the orbit of a heavenly body
- a balcony or tier of seats as in a theater: the dress circle
- a complete or recurring series, usually ending as it began; cycle; period
- a group of people bound together by common interests; coterie
- Historical a territorial division, esp. in Germany
- range or extent, as of influence or interest; scope
- great circle
- a parallel of latitude
- an astronomical instrument with a part in the form of a calibrated circle
- Logic a faulty manner of reasoning in which the conclusion that is to be proved is assumed in a premise: guilty of arguing in a circle
Origin of circleMiddle English cercle ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin circulus, a circle, diminutive of circus: see circus
transitive verbcircled, circling
- to form a circle around; encompass; surround
- to move around, as in a circle
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come full circle
- a. A plane curve everywhere equidistant from a given fixed point, the center.b. A planar region bounded by a circle.c. Something, such as a ring, shaped like such a plane curve.
- A circular or nearly circular course, circuit, or orbit: a satellite's circle around the earth.
- A traffic circle.
- A series or process that finishes at its starting point or continuously repeats itself; a cycle.
- A group of people sharing an interest, activity, or achievement: well-known in artistic circles.
- A territorial or administrative division, especially of a province, in some European countries.
- A sphere of influence or interest; domain.
- Logic A vicious circle.
verbcir·cled, cir·cling, cir·cles
- To make or form a circle around: The hedge circles the fountain.
- To move in a circle around: The ship circled the island.
Origin of circleMiddle English cercle, from Old French, from Latin circulus, diminutive of circus, circle, from Greek kirkos, krikos; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.
- (geometry) A two-dimensional geometric figure, a line, consisting of the set of all those points in a plane that are equally distant from another point.
- The set of all points (x, y) such that (x-1)2 + y2 = r2 is a circle of radius r around the point (1, 0).
- A two-dimensional geometric figure, a disk, consisting of the set of all those points of a plane at a distance less than or equal to a fixed distance from another point.
- Any thin three-dimensional equivalent of the geometric figures.
- Put on your dunce-cap and sit down on that circle.
- A curve that more or less forms part or all of a circle.
- move in a circle
- A specific group of persons.
- inner circle
- circle of friends
- (cricket) A line comprising two semicircles of 30 yards radius centred on the wickets joined by straight lines parallel to the pitch used to enforce field restrictions in a one-day match.
- (Wicca) A ritual circle that is cast three times deosil and closes three times widdershins either in the air with a wand or literally with stones or other items used for worship.
- (South Africa) A traffic circle or roundabout.
- (astronomy) An instrument of observation, whose graduated limb consists of an entire circle. When fixed to a wall in an observatory, it is called a mural circle; when mounted with a telescope on an axis and in Y's, in the plane of the meridian, a meridian or transit circle; when involving the principle of reflection, like the sextant, a reflecting circle; and when that of repeating an angle several times continuously along the graduated limb, a repeating circle.
- A series ending where it begins, and repeating itself.
- (logic) A form of argument in which two or more unproved statements are used to prove each other; inconclusive reasoning.
- Indirect form of words; circumlocution.
- A territorial division or district.
- The ten Circles of the Holy Roman Empire were those principalities or provinces which had seats in the German Diet.
(third-person singular simple present circles, present participle circling, simple past and past participle circled)
From Latin circulus. Replaced Middle English cercle, from Old French cercle, from the same Latin source.