What does circle mean?

Definitions for circle
ˈsɜr kəlcir·cle

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word circle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. circlenoun

    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, lotnoun

    an unofficial association of people or groups

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

  3. circlenoun

    something approximating the shape of a circle

    "the chairs were arranged in a circle"

  4. lap, circle, circuitnoun

    movement once around a course

    "he drove an extra lap just for insurance"

  5. traffic circle, circle, rotary, roundaboutnoun

    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, circlenoun

    street names for flunitrazepan

  7. circle, dress circlenoun

    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, roundverb

    any circular or rotating mechanism

    "the machine punched out metal circles"

  9. circleverb

    travel around something

    "circle the globe"

  10. circle, circulateverb

    move in circles

  11. encircle, circleverb

    form a circle around

    "encircle the errors"


  1. circlenoun

    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. circlenoun

    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. circlenoun

    Any thin three-dimensional equivalent of the geometric figures.

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

  4. circlenoun

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

    move in a circle

  5. circlenoun


  6. circlenoun

    A specific group of persons.

  7. circlenoun

    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. circlenoun

    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. circleverb

    To travel around along a curved path.

  10. circleverb

    To surround.

  11. circleverb

    To place or mark a circle around.

    Circle the jobs that you are interested in applying for.

  12. circleverb

    To travel in circles.

    Vultures circled overhead.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CIRCLEnoun

    Etymology: circulus, Latin.

    Any thing, that moves round about in a circle, in less time than our ideas are wont to succeed one another in our minds, is not perceived to move; but seems to be a perfect intire circle of that matter, or colour, and not a part of a circle in motion. John Locke.

    Then a deeper still,
    In circle following circle, gathers round
    To close the face of things. James Thomson, Summer.

    It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth. Is. xi. 22.

    A great magician,
    Obscured in the circle of the forest. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    To have a box where eunuchs sing,
    And, foremost in the circle, eye a king. Alexander Pope, Hor. Ep. i.

    I will call over to him the whole circle of beauties that are disposed among the boxes. Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 10.

    Ever since that time, Lisander visits in every circle. Tatler.

    There be divers fruit-trees in the hot countries, which have blossoms and young fruit, and young fruit and ripe fruit, almost all the year, succeeding one another; but this circle of ripening cannot be but in succulent plants, and hot countries. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 581.

    Thus in a circle runs the peasant’s pain,
    And the year rolls within itself again. John Dryden, Virg. Geor.

    That heavy bodies descend by gravity; and again, that gravity is a quality whereby an heavy body descends, is an impertinent circle, and teacheth nothing. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. c. 20.

    That fallacy called a circle, is when one of the premisses in a syllogism is questioned and opposed, and we intend to prove it by the conclusion. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    Has he given the lye
    In circle or oblique, or semicircle,
    Or direct parallel? You must challenge him. John Fletcher, Q. of Cor.

  2. To Circleverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The lords that were appointed to circle the hill, had some days before planted themselves in places convenient. Francis Bacon.

    Another Cynthia her new journey runs,
    And other planets circle other suns. Alexander Pope, Dunciad, b. iii.

    What stern ungentle hands
    Have lopp’d and hew’d, and made thy body bare
    Of her two branches, those sweet ornaments,
    Whose circling shadows kings have sought to sleep in. William Shakespeare.

    While these fond arms, thus circling you, may prove
    More heavy chains than those of hopeless love. Matthew Prior.

    Unseen, he glided thro’ the joyous crowd,
    With darkness circled, and an ambient cloud. Alexander Pope, Odyss.

    We term those things dry which have a consistence within themselves, and which, to enjoy a determinate figure, do not require the stop or hindrance of another body to limit and circle them in. Kenelm Digby, on Bodies.

  3. To Circleverb

    To move circularly; to end where it begins.

    The well fraught bowl
    Circles Incessant; whilst the humble cell
    With quavering laugh, and rural jests, resounds. Philips.

    Now the circling years disclose
    The day predestin’d to reward his woes. Alexander Pope, Odyss.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Circlenoun

    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. Circlenoun

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

  3. Circlenoun

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

  4. Circlenoun

    a round body; a sphere; an orb

  5. Circlenoun

    compass; circuit; inclosure

  6. Circlenoun

    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. Circlenoun

    a circular group of persons; a ring

  8. Circlenoun

    a series ending where it begins, and repeating itself

  9. Circlenoun

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

  10. Circlenoun

    indirect form of words; circumlocution

  11. Circlenoun

    a territorial division or district

  12. Circlenoun

    to move around; to revolve around

  13. Circlenoun

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

  14. Circleverb

    to move circularly; to form a circle; to circulate

  15. Etymology: [OE. cerclen, F. cercler, fr. L. circulare to make round. See Circle, n., and cf. 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Circle

    sėr′kl, n. a plane figure bounded by one line every point of which is equally distant from a certain point called the centre: the line which bounds the figure: a ring: a planet's orbit: a series ending where it began: a figure in magic; a company surrounding the principal person: those of a certain class or society.—v.t. to move round: to encompass.—v.i. to move in a circle: to stand in a circle.—adjs. Cir′cinate; Cir′cled, circular: encircled.—ns. Cir′cler; Cir′clet; Cir′cling, motion in a circle: a revolution.—Dress′ cir′cle (see Dress); Fair′y-cir′cle, -ring (see Fairy).—Reasoning in a circle, assuming what is to be proved as the basis of the argument. [A.S. circul—L. circulus, dim. of circus; allied to A.S. hring, a ring.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. circle

    A plane figure bounded by a line called the circumference, everywhere equally distant from a point within it, called the centre.

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of circle in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of circle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of circle in a Sentence

  1. Jalal ud-Din Rumi:

    Come out of the circle of time And into the circle of love.

  2. Ryan Williams:

    [Parscale] is a capable political operative who also is someone trusted by the Trump inner circle and understands the uniqueness of the Trump organization and Trump himself.

  3. Kensington Palace:

    Meghan Markle has a very close-knit circle of friends and Meghan Markle did n’t want to choose one over another, all have been actively involved in helping her prepare for the day and will be there in the days beforehand. She’s very happy to have Meghan Markle support.

  4. The Trade Ministry official:

    He repeated so many times that he will never hesitate to reach the Integrity Commission to inform about corruption cases in the ministry. We knew he became inside the circle of danger. His end was tragic.

  5. May Lamberton Becker:

    Filling a bookcase is like gathering a social circle.

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Translations for circle

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  • دائرة, حلقةArabic
  • акружнасць, кругBelarusian
  • кръжец, кръг, окръжност, орбита, обикалям, заобикалям, кръжаBulgarian
  • বৃত্তBengali
  • སྒོར་སྒོར, སྒོར་དབྱིབསTibetan Standard
  • kelc'hBreton
  • òrbita, cercle, discCatalan, Valencian
  • kruh, kružnice, kroužitCzech
  • cylchWelsh
  • cirkel, kredsløb, kreds, omkredse, sætte ring omDanish
  • Kreis, Zirkel, umkreisen, einkreisen, kreisenGerman
  • καμπύλη, τροχιά, σφαίρα, κύκλοςGreek
  • cirklo, rondoEsperanto
  • órbita, círculo, curva, grupo, esfera, [[moverse]] [[en]] [[círculo]], rodear, circularSpanish
  • ringEstonian
  • zirkuluBasque
  • دایره, مندلPersian
  • ympyrä, rata, piiri, kaari, ympyröidä, ympäröidä, kiertääFinnish
  • cercle, disque, encercler, entourer, cerclerFrench
  • ciorcal, ciorclaighIrish
  • cearcall, cuarsgag, buail, ràth, cruinne, cuairt, còmhlan, cuairtichScottish Gaelic
  • círculoGalician
  • kiarkylManx
  • כדור, חוג, עיגול, דיסקה, מעגל, מסלול, סיבוב, הסתובב, סב, הקיף, הקיף בעיגולHebrew
  • वृत्त, चक्रHindi
  • sèk, ansèkleHaitian Creole
  • gömb, körlap, kör, köröz, bekarikáz, körülvesz, kHungarian
  • կլորակ, շրջան, շրջապատ, շրջանագիծ, ուղեծիրArmenian
  • lingkaranIndonesian
  • cirkloIdo
  • hringurIcelandic
  • cenacolo, circolo, gruppo, sfera, disco, associazione, curva, congrega, orbita, cerchio, cerchiare, ruotare, circondare, roteareItalian
  • המעגלHebrew
  • 円, 丸, 円形, サークル, 回る, 回転する, 周遊するJapanese
  • წრე, ორბიტი, მრუდე ხაზიGeorgian
  • វង់មូល, មណ្ឌលKhmer
  • Korean
  • circus, circulus, corona, orbis, circleLatin
  • KreesLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • apskritimasLithuanian
  • riņķisLatvian
  • porotītiti, porotiti, porowhitaMāori
  • кругMacedonian
  • വൃത്തം, ഭ്രമണ പഥം, വട്ടംMalayalam
  • дугуйMongolian
  • गोलMarathi
  • bulatanMalay
  • ċirkuMaltese
  • baan, kring, cirkel, groep, omcirkelen, cirkelenDutch
  • sirkelNorwegian
  • ବୃତ୍ତOriya
  • koło, krąg, kula, okrąg, okrążyć, zakreślić, obchodzić, kołować, okrążać, objeżdżać, krążyćPolish
  • círculo, disco, circular, circundar, cercarPortuguese
  • diyosuun, muyuyQuechua
  • rudè, rudiRomansh
  • cercRomanian
  • круг, окружность, орбита, диск, кружок, кружить, окружать, окружить, кружитьсяRussian
  • मण्डल, वर्तुल, चक्रSanskrit
  • chilciu, círculu, tzírculuSardinian
  • круг, krug, кружница, kružnicaSerbo-Croatian
  • kruh, kružnica, zakrúžkovať, krúžiťSlovak
  • krožnica, krogSlovene
  • rrethAlbanian
  • cirkel, ring, krets, cirkelskiva, inringa, omge, cirkla, ringa in, kretsaSwedish
  • வட்டம்Tamil
  • వృత్తము, కక్ష్య, చుట్టివచ్చుట, చుట్టుముట్టుTelugu
  • แหวน, ดวง, วงกลม, ทางโค้งThai
  • bilogTagalog
  • daireTurkish
  • коло, окружність, кругUkrainian
  • دائرہUrdu
  • doira, aylanaUzbek
  • vòng tròn, đường trònVietnamese
  • cekeWalloon
  • קרייַזYiddish
  • Chinese

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    a meter that shows mileage traversed
    • A. odometer
    • B. nuisance
    • C. temptation
    • D. model

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