This empty plate is a circle.
- 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.
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 circle
Middle English cercle ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin circulus, a circle, diminutive of circus: see circus-·cled, -·cling
- to form a circle around; encompass; surround
- to move around, as in a circle
to go around in a circle; revolve
circle Idioms
circle the wagons
⌂Informal to take defensive action; prepare for an attack: from arranging a wagon train in a circular formation
come full circle
to return to an original position or state after going through a series or cycle
circle
noun
- 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.
verb
cir·cled, cir·cling, cir·clesverb
, transitive- To make or form a circle around: The hedge circles the fountain.
- To move in a circle around: The ship circled the island.
verb
, intransitive To move in a circle. See Synonyms at turn.
Origin of circle
Middle English cercle, from Old French, from Latin circulus, diminutive of circus, circle, from Greek kirkos, krikos; see sker-^{2} in Indo-European roots.Related Forms:
- cir′cler
noun
circle
circle
Noun
(plural circles)
- (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} + y^{2} = r^{2} 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
- Orbit.
- 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.
Verb
(third-person singular simple present circles, present participle circling, simple past and past participle circled)
Origin
From Latin circulus. Replaced Middle English cercle, from Old French cercle, from the same Latin source.