What does Circuit mean?

Definitions for Circuit
ˈsɜr kɪtcir·cuit

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. circuit, electrical circuit, electric circuitnoun

    an electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow

  2. tour, circuitnoun

    a journey or route all the way around a particular place or area

    "they took an extended tour of Europe"; "we took a quick circuit of the park"; "a ten-day coach circuit of the island"

  3. circuitnoun

    an established itinerary of venues or events that a particular group of people travel to

    "she's a familiar name on the club circuit"; "on the lecture circuit"; "the judge makes a circuit of the courts in his district"; "the international tennis circuit"

  4. circumference, circuitnoun

    the boundary line encompassing an area or object

    "he had walked the full circumference of his land"; "a danger to all races over the whole circumference of the globe"

  5. circuitnoun

    (law) a judicial division of a state or the United States (so-called because originally judges traveled and held court in different locations); one of the twelve groups of states in the United States that is covered by a particular circuit court of appeals

  6. racing circuit, circuitnoun

    a racetrack for automobile races

  7. lap, circle, circuitverb

    movement once around a course

    "he drove an extra lap just for insurance"

  8. circuitverb

    make a circuit

    "They were circuiting about the state"


  1. circuitnoun

    The act of moving or revolving around, or as in a circle or orbit; a revolution; as, the periodical circuit of the earth around the sun.

  2. circuitnoun

    The circumference of, or distance around, any space; the measure of a line around an area.

  3. circuitnoun

    That which encircles anything, as a ring or crown.

  4. circuitnoun

    The space enclosed within a circle, or within limits.

  5. circuitnoun

    Enclosed path of an electric current, usually designed for a certain function.

  6. circuitnoun

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

  7. circuitnoun

    A certain division of a state or country, established by law for a judge or judges to visit, for the administration of justice.

  8. circuitnoun

    A district in which an itinerant preacher labors.

  9. circuitnoun

    By analogy to the proceeding three, a set of theaters among which the same acts circulate; especially common in the heyday of vaudeville.

  10. circuitverb

    To move in a circle; to go round; to circulate.

  11. circuitverb

    To travel around.

    Having circuited the air.

  12. circuitnoun


  13. Etymology: From circuit, from circuit, from circuitus, from circuire, from circum + ire

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CIRCUITnoun

    Etymology: circuit, Fr. circuitus, Latin.

    The circuits, in former times, went but round about the pale; as the circuit of the cynosura about the pole. Davies.

    There are four moons also perpetually rolling round the planet Jupiter, and carried along with him in his periodical circuit round the sun. Isaac Watts, Improvement.

    He led me up
    A woody mountain, whose high top was plain
    A circuit wide inclos’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. viii.

    He attributeth unto it smallness, in respect of circuit. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 19.

    The lake of Bolsena is reckoned one and twenty miles in circuit. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    And this fell tempest shall not cease to rage,
    Until the golden circuit on my head
    Do calm the fury of this mad-brain’d flaw. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

  2. To Circuitverb

    To move circularly.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Pining with equinoctial heat, unless
    The cordial cup perpetual motion keep,
    Quick circuiting. Philips.


  1. circuit

    A circuit is a closed path or loop through which an electric current flows. It can also refer to a system of electrical devices connected to conduct electrical current or signals. Furthermore, in a broader context, a circuit can be a regular route or sequence of activities, events, or places, such as a court circuit where judges preside over different courts in rotation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Circuitnoun

    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

  2. Circuitnoun

    the circumference of, or distance round, any space; the measure of a line round an area

  3. Circuitnoun

    that which encircles anything, as a ring or crown

  4. Circuitnoun

    the space inclosed within a circle, or within limits

  5. Circuitnoun

    a regular or appointed journeying from place to place in the exercise of one's calling, as of a judge, or a preacher

  6. Circuitnoun

    a certain division of a state or country, established by law for a judge or judges to visit, for the administration of justice

  7. Circuitnoun

    a district in which an itinerant preacher labors

  8. Circuitnoun


  9. Circuitverb

    to move in a circle; to go round; to circulate

  10. Circuitverb

    to travel around

  11. Etymology: [F. circuit, fr. L. circuitus, fr. circuire or circumire to go around; circum around + ire to go.]


  1. Circuit

    A circuit was a historical political division of China, and is still a Japanese one. In Korea, the same word 道 is translated as "province".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Circuit

    sėr′kit, n. the act of moving round: area, extent: a round made in the exercise of a calling, esp. the round made by the judges for holding the courts of law: the judges making the round: (Shak.) diadem.—v.t. to go round.—n. Circuiteer′, a judge: one who goes on a circuit.—adj. Circū′itous, round about.—adv. Circū′itously.—n. Circū′ity, motion in a circle: an indirect course.—Make a circuit, to go round. [Fr.,—L. circuituscircuīre, circum, round, īre, to go.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Circuit

    A conducting path for electric currents properly forming a complete path with ends joined and including generally a generating device of some kind. Part of the conduction may be true and part electrolytic. (See Electrolytic Conduction.) The term has become extended, so that the term is often applied to any portion of a circuit conveniently considered by itself. The simplest example of a complete circuit would be a circular conductor. If rotated in the earth's field so as to cut its lines of force a current would go through it, and it would be an electric circuit. Another example is a galvanic battery with its ends connected by a wire. Here the battery generates the current which, by electrolytic conduction, goes through the battery and by true conduction through the wire. For an example of a portion of a circuit spoken of as "a circuit" see Circuit, Astatic.

Editors Contribution

  1. circuit

    A form of lesson plan with a variety of exercises to maintain health with positive music and a motivating instructor with a passion for exercise and people.

    Many gyms and community halls have a circuit group that love to exercise.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 7, 2020  

  2. circuit

    A type of electrical device created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    The electricity supply had a circuit within the mechanism.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 16, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Circuit' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3624

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Circuit' in Nouns Frequency: #1321

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Circuit in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Circuit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Circuit in a Sentence

  1. Bobby Jindal:

    The answer to this is not to put a Band-Aid on this and allow even more people to come into America, we should not short-circuit the vetting process -- we've got a normal vetting process. Simply allowing more people into our country doesn't solve this problem.

  2. Adisorn Nuchdamrong:

    We've confiscated all the hard disks of closed circuit cameras in this temple for police to find evidence of wrongdoing.

  3. Brett Kavanaugh:

    For 12 years, everyone who has appeared before me on the D.C. Circuit has praised my judicial temperament, that's why I have the unanimous, well qualified rating from The American Bar Association.

  4. Donald Trump:

    Everybody immediately runs to the 9th Circuit. And we have a big country, we have lots of other locations. But they immediately run to the 9th Circuit. Because they know that's like, semi-automatic.

  5. Niki Lauda:

    Singapore was a very good lesson, we had the cars set up wrong for the conditions there. It was very odd. The circuit is very slippery there and we never got the tires to work properly. This was the mistake.

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