Circumscribe Definition

circumscribed, circumscribing
circumscribed, circumscribing
To trace a line around; encircle; encompass.
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To set or mark off the limits of; limit; confine.
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To restrict the action of; restrain.
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To draw a plane figure around (another plane figure) either to intersect each vertex of the inner figure, as a circle around a square, or to have each side of the outer figure tangent to the inner figure, as a square around a circle.
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To enclose a solid figure within (another solid figure) in a similar manner, as a cube within a sphere or a sphere within a cube.
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Origin of Circumscribe

  • Middle English circumscriben from Latin circumscrībere circum- circum- scrībere to write skrībh- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin circumscrībō, from circum (“around”) + scrībō (“write”). Surface analysis: circum- (“around”) +‎ scribe (“write”).

    From Wiktionary

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