Definitions for CIRCLEˈsɜr kəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cir•cleˈsɜr kəl(n.; v.)-cled, -cling.

  1. (n.)a closed plane curve consisting of all points at a given distance from a point within it called the center.

    Category: Math

  2. the portion of a plane bounded by such a curve.

    Category: Math

  3. any circular or ringlike object, formation, or arrangement:

    a circle of dancers.

  4. a ring, circlet, or crown.

  5. the ring of a circus.

  6. a section of seats in a theater.

    Category: Showbiz

    Ref: Compare dress circle , family circle (def. 2). 2

  7. the area within which something acts, exerts influence, etc.; realm; sphere:

    a wide circle of influence.

  8. a series ending where it began or forming a connected whole; cycle.

  9. an argument ostensibly proving a conclusion but actually assuming the conclusion as a premise; vicious circle.

    Category: Philosphy

  10. a number of persons bound by a common tie; coterie:

    a circle of friends.

  11. an administrative division, esp. of a province.

    Category: Government

  12. a parallel of latitude.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  13. a sphere or orb:

    the circle of the earth.

  14. (v.t.)to enclose in a circle; encircle:

    Circle the correct answer.

  15. to rotate or revolve around:

    He circled the house cautiously.

  16. to bypass; evade:

    The ship carefully circled the iceberg.

  17. (v.i.)to move in a circle or circuit.

Idioms for circle:

  1. come full circle, to find oneself back where one started.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of circle:

1275–1325; ME cercle < OF < L circulus=circ(us) (see circus ) +-ulus -ule


Princeton's WordNet

  1. circle(noun)

    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"

  2. set, circle, band, lot(noun)

    an unofficial association of people or groups

    "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot"

  3. circle(noun)

    something approximating the shape of a circle

    "the chairs were arranged in a circle"

  4. lap, circle, circuit(noun)

    movement once around a course

    "he drove an extra lap just for insurance"

  5. traffic circle, circle, rotary, roundabout(noun)

    a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island

    "the accident blocked all traffic at the rotary"

  6. R-2, Mexican valium, rophy, rope, roofy, roach, forget me drug, circle(noun)

    street names for flunitrazepan

  7. circle, dress circle(noun)

    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"

  8. circle, round(verb)

    any circular or rotating mechanism

    "the machine punched out metal circles"

  9. circle(verb)

    travel around something

    "circle the globe"

  10. circle, circulate(verb)

    move in circles

  11. encircle, circle(verb)

    form a circle around

    "encircle the errors"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. circle(noun)ˈsɜr kəl

    a round shape, or the line of this shape

    children sitting in a circle; Cut out a circle of fabric.

  2. circleˈsɜr kəl

    a group of friends or people with a common interest, etc.

    a wide circle of friends; the New York circle of translators

  3. circleˈsɜr kəl

    to return to an original state

    Back in Detroit, I felt my life had come full circle.

  4. circleˈsɜr kəl

    to repeat actions so you fail to make progress

    He knew he was just going around in circles.

  5. circle(verb)ˈsɜr kəl

    to draw a circle around

    Circle the correct answer.

  6. circleˈsɜr kəl

    to continuously move around

    The eagle circled above.; Soldiers circled the town.


  1. circle(Noun)

    : A two-dimensional geometric figure, a line, consisting of the set of all those points in a plane that are equally distant from another point.

    The set of all points (x, y) such that uE00025290uE001 is a circle of radius r around the point (1, 0).

  2. circle(Noun)

    A two-dimensional geometric figure, a disk, consisting of the set of all those points of a plane at a distance less than or equal to a fixed distance from another point.

  3. circle(Noun)

    Any thin three-dimensional equivalent of the geometric figures.

    Put on your dunce-cap and sit down on that circle.

  4. circle(Noun)

    A curve that more or less forms part or all of a circle.

    move in a circle

  5. circle(Noun)


  6. circle(Noun)

    A specific group of persons.

  7. circle(Noun)

    A line comprising two semicircles of 30 yards radius centred on the wickets joined by straight lines parallel to the pitch used to enforce field restrictions in a one-day match.

  8. circle(Noun)

    A ritual circle that is casted three times deosil and closes three times widdershins either in the air with a wand or literally with stones or other itmes used for worship

  9. circle(Verb)

    To travel around along a curved path.

  10. circle(Verb)

    To surround.

  11. circle(Verb)

    To place or mark a circle around.

    Circle the jobs that you are interested in applying for.

  12. circle(Verb)

    To travel in circles.

    Vultures circled overhead.

  13. Origin: From circulus. Replaced Middle English cercle from Old French.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Circle(noun)

    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. Circle(noun)

    the line that bounds such a figure; a circumference; a ring

  3. Circle(noun)

    an instrument of observation, the graduated limb of which consists of an entire circle

  4. Circle(noun)

    a round body; a sphere; an orb

  5. Circle(noun)

    compass; circuit; inclosure

  6. Circle(noun)

    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

  7. Circle(noun)

    a circular group of persons; a ring

  8. Circle(noun)

    a series ending where it begins, and repeating itself

  9. Circle(noun)

    a form of argument in which two or more unproved statements are used to prove each other; inconclusive reasoning

  10. Circle(noun)

    indirect form of words; circumlocution

  11. Circle(noun)

    a territorial division or district

  12. Circle(noun)

    to move around; to revolve around

  13. Circle(noun)

    to encompass, as by a circle; to surround; to inclose; to encircle

  14. Circle(verb)

    to move circularly; to form a circle; to circulate


  1. Circle

    A circle is a simple shape of Euclidean geometry that is the set of all points in a plane that are a given distance from a given point, the centre. The distance between any of the points and the centre is called the radius. It can also be defined as the locus of a point equidistant from a fixed point. A circle is a simple closed curve which divides the plane into two regions: an interior and an exterior. In everyday use, the term "circle" may be used interchangeably to refer to either the boundary of the figure, or to the whole figure including its interior; in strict technical usage, the circle is the former and the latter is called a disk. A circle can be defined as the curve traced out by a point that moves so that its distance from a given point is constant. A circle may also be defined as a special ellipse in which the two foci are coincident and the eccentricity is 0. Circles are conic sections attained when a right circular cone is intersected by a plane perpendicular to the axis of the cone.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'CIRCLE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3028

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'CIRCLE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2940

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'CIRCLE' in Nouns Frequency: #920

Anagrams of CIRCLE

  1. cleric

Translations for CIRCLE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a figure (O) bounded by one line, every point on which is equally distant from the centre.

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