Circumference meaning

sər-kŭmfər-əns
The circumference is defined as the distance around something round or rounded, especially the distance around the edge of a circle.

An example of circumference is the distance around the outer boundary of a circle.

noun
22
3
The length of such a boundary. The circumference of a circle is computed by multiplying the diameter by pi.
7
2
(geometry) The line that bounds a circle or other two-dimensional figure.
noun
6
3
The line bounding a circle, a rounded surface, or an area suggesting a circle.
noun
4
5
(geometry) The length of such a line.
noun
3
5
Advertisement
The boundary line of a circle.
2
2
The boundary line of a circle.
noun
0
0
The margin or area surrounding something.
noun
0
0
(obsolete) To include in a circular space; to bound.

verb
0
1
The boundary line of a figure, area, or object.
0
2
Advertisement
The distance measured by this line.
noun
0
3

Origin of circumference

  • Middle English from Old French circonference from Latin circumferentia from circumferēns circumferent- present participle of circumferre to carry around circum- circum- ferre to carry bher-1 in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin circumferentia, from circum (“around”) + ferō (“I carry”).

    From Wiktionary