Circle Definition

sûrkəl
circled, circles, circling
noun
circles
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 planar region bounded by a circle.
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The line bounding such a figure; circumference.
Webster's New World
Anything shaped like a circle, as a circular road, a ring, a crown, or a halo.
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A circular or nearly circular course, circuit, or orbit.
A satellite's circle around the earth.
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verb
circled, circles, circling
To form a circle around; encompass; surround.
Webster's New World
To move around, as in a circle.
Webster's New World
To go around in a circle; revolve.
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Antonyms:
idiom
circle the wagons
  • To take a defensive position; become defensive.
American Heritage
circle the wagons
  • to take defensive action; prepare for an attack: from arranging a wagon train in a circular formation
Webster's New World
come full circle
  • to return to an original position or state after going through a series or cycle
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Other Word Forms of Circle

Noun

Singular:
circle
Plural:
circles

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Circle

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

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