I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English cercle, from Anglo-French, from Latin circulus, diminutive of circus circle, circus, from or akin to Greek krikos, kirkos ring; akin to Old English hring ring — more at ring Date: 14th century 1. a. ring, halo b. a closed plane curve every point of which is equidistant from a fixed point within the curve c. the plane surface bounded by such a curve 2. archaic the orbit of a celestial body 3. something in the form of a circle or section of a circle: as a. diadem b. an instrument of astronomical observation the graduated limb of which consists of an entire circle c. a balcony or tier of seats in a theater d. a circle formed on the surface of a sphere by the intersection of a plane that passes through it <
circle of latitude
e. rotary 2 4. an area of action or influence ; realm 5. a. cycle, round <
the wheel has come full circle
b. fallacious reasoning in which something to be demonstrated is covertly assumed 6. a group of persons sharing a common interest or revolving about a common center <
the sewing circle of her church
family circle
the gossip of court circles
7. a territorial or administrative division or district 8. a curving side street II. verb (circled; circling) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to enclose in or as if in a circle 2. to move or revolve around <
satellites circling the earth
intransitive verb 1. a. to move in or as if in a circle b. circulate 2. to describe or extend in a circle • circler noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Circle — Cir cle (s[ e]r k l), n. [OE. cercle, F. cercle, fr. L. circulus (Whence also AS. circul), dim. of circus circle, akin to Gr. kri kos, ki rkos, circle, ring. Cf. {Circus}, {Circum }.] [1913 Webster] 1. A plane figure, bounded by a single curve… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • circle — [sʉr′kəl] n. [ME cercle < OFr < L circulus, a circle, dim. of circus: see CIRCUS] 1. 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: see CONIC SECTION,… …   English World dictionary

  • Circle — Cir cle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Circled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Circling}.] [OE. cerclen, F. cercler, fr. L. circulare to make round. See {Circle}, n., and cf. {Circulate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To move around; to revolve around. [1913 Webster] Other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Circle — Cir cle, v. i. To move circularly; to form a circle; to circulate. [1913 Webster] Thy name shall circle round the gaping through. Byron. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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