Circle meaning

sûrkəl
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.

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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.
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A specific group of persons.

Inner circle.

Circle of friends.

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(historical) A territorial division, esp. in Germany.
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To form a circle around; encompass; surround.
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The line bounding such a figure; circumference.
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Range or extent, as of influence or interest; scope.
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A territorial or administrative division, especially of a province, in some European countries.
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An astronomical instrument with a part in the form of a calibrated circle.
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A curve that more or less forms part or all of a circle.

Move in a circle.

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(South Africa) A traffic circle or roundabout.
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(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.

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To move around, as in a circle.
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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.
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Anything shaped like a circle, as a circular road, a ring, a crown, or a halo.
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To go around in a circle; revolve.
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A closed curve whose points are all on the same plane and at the same distance from a fixed point (the center).
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(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).

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Any thin three-dimensional equivalent of the geometric figures.

Put on your dunce-cap and sit down on that circle.

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(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.
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(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.
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(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.
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A series ending where it begins, and repeating itself.
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(logic) A form of argument in which two or more unproved statements are used to prove each other; inconclusive reasoning.
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Indirect form of words; circumlocution.
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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.

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To travel around along a curved path.
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To place or mark a circle around.

Circle the jobs that you are interested in applying for.

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(intransitive) To travel in circles.

Vultures circled overhead.

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Circle means to surround or move around someone or something.

An example of circle is someone walking around a grove of trees.

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A circular or nearly circular course, circuit, or orbit.

A satellite's circle around the earth.

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A traffic circle.
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A series or process that finishes at its starting point or continuously repeats itself; a cycle.
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A group of people sharing an interest, activity, or achievement.

Well-known in artistic circles.

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A sphere of influence or interest; domain.
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(logic) A vicious circle.
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To make or form a circle around.

The hedge circles the fountain.

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To move in a circle around.

The ship circled the island.

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To move in a circle.
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(old poet.) The orb of a heavenly body.
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The orbit of a heavenly body.
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A balcony or tier of seats as in a theater.

The dress circle.

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A complete or recurring series, usually ending as it began; cycle; period.
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A group of people bound together by common interests; coterie.
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circle the wagons
  • To take a defensive position; become defensive.
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circle the wagons
  • to take defensive action; prepare for an attack: from arranging a wagon train in a circular formation
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come full circle
  • to return to an original position or state after going through a series or cycle
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Origin of circle

  • Middle English cercle from Old French from Latin circulus diminutive of circus circle from Greek kirkos, krikos sker-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin circulus. Replaced Middle English cercle, from Old French cercle, from the same Latin source.

    From Wiktionary