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Definition of Circle

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surround, encircle; go around in a circle
ring-shaped geometric figure, round figure; group, society
Circle Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
English-Latin Online Dictionary
Glossary of Technical Theatre Terms
The balcony with tiered seating above the stalls. Also known as Dress Circle or Grand Circle.
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Circle Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. i.)
To move circularly; to form a circle; to circulate.
To move around; to revolve around.
To encompass, as by a circle; to surround; to inclose; to encircle.
The line that bounds such a figure; a circumference; a ring.
Indirect form of words; circumlocution.
Compass; circuit; inclosure.
An instrument of observation, the graduated limb of which consists of an entire circle.
A territorial division or district.
A series ending where it begins, and repeating itself.
A round body; a sphere; an orb.
A plane figure, bounded by a single curve line called its circumference, every part of which is equally distant from a point within it, called the center.
A form of argument in which two or more unproved statements are used to prove each other; inconclusive reasoning.
A company assembled, or conceived to assemble, about a central point of interest, or bound by a common tie; a class or division of society; a coterie; a set.
A circular group of persons; a ring.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\cir"cle\ (s&etilde;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-.]
1. a plane figure, bounded by a single curve line called its circumference, every part of which is equally distant from a point within it, called the center.
2. the line that bounds such a figure; a circumference; a ring.
3. (astron.) an instrument of observation, the graduated limb of which consists of an entire circle.
note: when it is fixed to a wall in an observatory, it is called a mural circle; when mounted with a telescope on an axis and in y's, in the plane of the meridian, a meridian or transit circle; when involving the principle of reflection, like the sextant, a reflecting circle; and when that of repeating an angle several times continuously along the graduated limb, a repeating circle.
4. a round body; a sphere; an orb. it is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth. xi. 22.
5. compass; circuit; inclosure. in the circle of this forest.
6. a company assembled, or conceived to assemble, about a central point of interest, or bound by a common tie; a class or division of society; a coterie; a set. as his name gradually became known, the circle of his acquaintance widened.
7. a circular group of persons; a ring.
8. a series ending where it begins, and repeating itself. thus in a circle runs the peasant's pain.
9. (logic) a form of argument in which two or more unproved statements are used to prove each other; inconclusive reasoning. that heavy bodies descend by gravity; and, again, that gravity is a quality whereby a heavy body descends, is an impertinent circle and teaches nothing.
10. indirect form of words; circumlocution. [r.] has he given the lie, in circle, or oblique, or semicircle. fletcher.
11. a territorial division or district.

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 circle of perpetual occultation 
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 circle of latitude 
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 reflecting circle 
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 primitive circle 
 circuit or circle 
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 vicious circle 
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 osculating circle of a curve 
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Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
ciorcul m.; fáinne (ring)
English Phonetics
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Argor = n. a high circle
Awrgylch = n. horary circle
Bangor = n. upper row, a compacture, a high circle; a college, seminary
Cemmaes = n. a circle for games
Cor = n. circle; close; crib; college; choir
Cordd = n. a circle; tribe
Cwr = n. a limit; a corner; a circle, a skin
Cylch = n. a circle; zone, a round; circuit; a hoop, prep. about, round
Cylchwy = n. a circle; a shield
Gorchordd = n. supreme circle
Gorgylch = n. an outer circle
Gwrthgylch = n. a counter circle
Hebrediad = n. a traversing of the evil circle
Hebredu = v. to go in the evil circle, to transmigrate
Mod = n. a circle; a turn; enclosure
Sygn = n. a circle; a sign
Tron = n. a circle; throne
Australian Slang
deliberate creation of circular skid marks with the tyres of a motor vehicle; doing doughnuts
of course! naturally, yes.
WordNet 2.0

1. ellipse in which the two axes are of equal length; a plane curve generated by one point moving at a constant distance from a fixed point; "he calculated the circumference of the circle"
(hypernym) ellipse, oval
(hyponym) circle of curvature, osculating circle
(part-meronym) arc
2. an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot"
(synonym) set, band, lot
(hypernym) social group
(hyponym) car pool
3. something approximating the shape of a circle; "the chairs were arranged in a circle"
(hypernym) shape, form
(derivation) surround, environ, encircle, round, ring
4. movement once around a course; "he drove an extra lap just for insurance"
(synonym) lap, circuit
(hypernym) locomotion, travel
(hyponym) pace lap
(derivation) circulate
5. a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island; "the accident blocked all traffic at the rotary"
(synonym) traffic circle, rotary, roundabout
(hypernym) junction
(part-holonym) road, route
6. street names for flunitrazepan
(synonym) R-2, Mexican valium, rophy, rope, roofy, roach, forget me drug
(hypernym) flunitrazepan, Rohypnol
7. a curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theater or opera house; usually the first tier above the orchestra; "they had excellent seats in the dress circle"
(synonym) dress circle
(hypernym) seating, seats, seating room, seating area
(part-holonym) theater, theatre, house
8. any circular or rotating mechanism; "the machine punched out metal circles"
(synonym) round
(hypernym) rotating mechanism
(hyponym) disk, disc
(derivation) circulate

1. travel around something; "circle the globe"
(hypernym) travel, go, move, locomote
(hyponym) circumambulate, walk around
(derivation) lap, circuit
2. move in circles
(synonym) circulate
(hypernym) travel, go, move, locomote
(hyponym) orbit, revolve
(derivation) lap, circuit
3. be around; "Developments surround the town"; "The river encircles the village"
(synonym) surround, environ, encircle, round, ring
(hypernym) hold, bear, carry, contain
(hyponym) twine
4. form a circle around; "encircle the errors"
(synonym) encircle
(hypernym) shape, form
Circle Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Campbell R. Harvey's Hypertextual Finance Glossary
Underwriters, actual or potential, often seek out and "circle" investor interest in a new issue before final pricing. The customer circled basically made a commitment to purchase the issue if it comes at an agreed-upon price. If the actual price is other than that stipulated, the customer supposedly has first offer at the actual price.
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Circle Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Circle Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dream Dictionary
To dream of a circle, denotes that your affairs will deceive you in their proportions of gain. For a young woman to dream of a circle, warns her of indiscreet involvement to the exclusion of marriage.
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
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Circle Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Automotive Terms
See base circle and turning circle .
Circle Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
A circle is a simple shape in Euclidean geometry. It is the set of all points in a plane that are at a given distance from a given point, the centre; equivalently it is the curve traced out by a point that moves so that its distance from a given point is constant. The distance between any of the points and the centre is called the radius.

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The Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE) is an interdisciplinary research centre situated in Lund, Sweden. It is spanning several faculties at Lund University and Blekinge Institute of Technology. The activities cover the field of innovation, entrepreneurship, knowledge creation and economic growth.

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Circle Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
U.S. Figure Skating Glossary
A maneuver in which skaters are linked and rotate with step combinations in a circular motion. Skaters can skate forward or backward trying to hold form for a perfect circle.
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Circle Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Club of Single Malt Scotch Whisky enthusiasts, located in Germany.
Circle Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Circle Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Circle In the description of cosmological symbols, the first figure is a circle: ever-eternal, universal nature, the abstract space of a cosmic hierarchy. The circle itself may be taken as the symbol of this first manifestation, the clean sheet of paper representing abstract space, the Boundless. This circle is in reality boundless, its circumference being ideal, representing the limits of our perceptions of physical or inner space, or the ideal boundary which must be postulated in our conceptions of infinitude.
The second circle, with the central point, represents the First Logos of any hierarchy, the mystic unity symbolized by the inclusive number one, the unitary source from which proceed the creative rays or sevenfold manifestation of the Logos. The point at its center is the symbol of the cosmic germ of generation out of which all later beings emanate or flow, and hence it is the first manifestation.
Considering the circle as a line, it is without beginning or end; progress from any point in it brings us eventually to the same point again without turning back. Thus it is a symbol of cyclic evolution. Eternal motion is essentially circular and vibratory. A circular motion becomes spiral, and this is the cosmic serpent, emblem of cosmic forces, and hence of life on all planes. The egg is another form of the circle or sphere symbol; the chakra or wheel as used in India is another. The circle may be conceived as either one unbroken line, having no parts, or as an infinitude of points -- which shows that zero and infinity are extremes which meet. In the symbol of the circle, spirit and matter are not yet separated; it is spirit-substance. For the problem of squaring the circle, see Pi .
The area in which the magickal worship and spells takes place. Can also be used to designate a particular group of Witches or Pagans such as "Silver Acorn Circle".