circumference[sər kum′fər əns, -frəns]
An example of circumference is the distance around the outer boundary of a circle.
- the line bounding a circle, a rounded surface, or an area suggesting a circle
- the distance measured by this line
Origin of circumferenceMiddle English ; from Classical Latin circumferentia ; from circumferens, present participle of circumferre ; from circum, around + ferre, to carry, bear
- The boundary line of a circle.
- a. The boundary line of an area or object.b. Abbr. c or circ. The length of such a line.
- The margin or area surrounding something.
Origin of circumferenceMiddle English, from Old French circonference, from Latin circumferentia, from circumferēns, circumferent-, present participle of circumferre, to carry around : circum-, circum- + ferre, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present circumferences, present participle circumferencing, simple past and past participle circumferenced)