circle: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (sûr'kul), [key]
— n., v., -cled, -cling.
- a closed plane curve consisting of all points at a given distance from a point within it called the center. Equation: + y = r. x
- the portion of a plane bounded by such a curve.
- any circular or ringlike object, formation, or arrangement: a circle of dancers.
- a ring, circlet, or crown.
- the ring of a circus.
- a section of seats in a theater: dress circle.
- the area within which something acts, exerts influence, etc.; realm; sphere: A politician has a wide circle of influence.
- a series ending where it began, esp. when perpetually repeated; cycle: the circle of the year.
- an argument ostensibly proving a conclusion but actually assuming the conclusion or its equivalent as a premise; vicious circle.
- a complete series forming a connected whole; cycle: the circle of the sciences.
- a number of persons bound by a common tie; coterie: a literary circle; a family circle.
- an administrative division, esp. of a province.
- a parallel of latitude.
- (formerly) the orbit of a heavenly body.
- Seemeridian circle.
- a glass or metal disk mounted concentrically with the spindle of a theodolite or level and graduated so that the angle at which the alidade is set may be read.
- a sphere or orb: the circle of the earth.
- a ring of light in the sky; halo.
- to enclose in a circle; surround; encircle: Circle the correct answer on the exam paper. The enemy circled the hill.
- to move in a circle or circuit around; rotate or revolve around: He circled the house cautiously.
- to change course so as to pass by or avoid collision with; bypass; evade: The ship carefully circled the iceberg.
- The company has circled the wagons since its market share began to decline.
- (in the early U.S. West) to form the wagons of a covered-wagon train into a circle for defensive purposes, as against Indian attack.
- Slang.to prepare for an all-out, unaided defensive fight:The company has circled the wagons since its market share began to decline.
- to move in a circle or circuit: The plane circled for half an hour before landing.
- to iris (usually fol. by in or out).
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