Circuit of action
Circuit Cir"cuit, n. [F. circuit, fr. L. circuitus, fr. circuire or circumire to go around; circum around + ire to go.] 1. The act of moving or revolving around, or as in a circle or orbit; a revolution; as, the periodical circuit of the earth round the sun. --Watts. [1913 Webster]

2. The circumference of, or distance round, any space; the measure of a line round an area. [1913 Webster]

The circuit or compass of Ireland is 1,800 miles. --J. Stow. [1913 Webster]

3. That which encircles anything, as a ring or crown. [1913 Webster]

The golden circuit on my head. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. The space inclosed within a circle, or within limits. [1913 Webster]

A circuit wide inclosed with goodliest trees. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. A regular or appointed journeying from place to place in the exercise of one's calling, as of a judge, or a preacher. [1913 Webster]

6. (a) (Law) A certain division of a state or country, established by law for a judge or judges to visit, for the administration of justice. --Bouvier. (b) (Methodist Church) A district in which an itinerant preacher labors. [1913 Webster]

7. Circumlocution. [Obs.] ``Thou hast used no circuit of words.'' --Huloet. [1913 Webster]

{Circuit court} (Law), a court which sits successively in different places in its circuit (see {Circuit}, 6). In the United States, the federal circuit courts are commonly presided over by a judge of the supreme court, or a special circuit judge, together with the judge of the district court. They have jurisdiction within statutory limits, both in law and equity, in matters of federal cognizance. Some of the individual States also have circuit courts, which have general statutory jurisdiction of the same class, in matters of State cognizance.

{Circuit of action} or {Circuity of action} (Law), a longer course of proceedings than is necessary to attain the object in view.

{To make a circuit}, to go around; to go a roundabout way.

{Voltaic circle} or {Galvanic circle} or {Voltaic circuit} or {Galvanic circuit}, a continous electrical communication between the two poles of a battery; an arrangement of voltaic elements or couples with proper conductors, by which a continuous current of electricity is established. [1913 Webster]


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  • Circuit — Cir cuit, n. [F. circuit, fr. L. circuitus, fr. circuire or circumire to go around; circum around + ire to go.] 1. The act of moving or revolving around, or as in a circle or orbit; a revolution; as, the periodical circuit of the earth round the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Circuit court — Circuit Cir cuit, n. [F. circuit, fr. L. circuitus, fr. circuire or circumire to go around; circum around + ire to go.] 1. The act of moving or revolving around, or as in a circle or orbit; a revolution; as, the periodical circuit of the earth… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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