What does circular mean?

Definitions for circular
ˈsɜr kyə lərcir·cu·lar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. circular, handbill, bill, broadside, broadsheet, flier, flyer, throwawayadjective

    an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution

    "he mailed the circular to all subscribers"

  2. round, circularadjective

    having a circular shape

  3. circular, rotary, orbitualadjective

    describing a circle; moving in a circle

    "the circular motion of the wheel"


  1. circularnoun

    A printed advertisement, directive, or notice intended for mass distribution; a flyer

  2. circularnoun

    In the Administration, a circular letter

  3. circularnoun

    A sleeveless cloak, cut in circular form.

  4. circularadjective

    Of or relating to a circle

  5. circularadjective

    in the shape of, or moving in a circle

  6. circularadjective

    circuitous or roundabout

  7. circularadjective

    defining one word in terms of another that is itself defined in terms of the first word

  8. circularadjective

    distributed to a large number of persons

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Circularadjective

    Etymology: circularis, Latin.

    The frame thereof seem’d partly circular,
    And part triangular. Fairy Queen, b. ii.

    He first inclos’d for lists a level ground;
    The form was circular. John Dryden, Fables.

    Nero’s port, composed of huge moles running round it, in a kind of circular figure. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    From whence th’ innumerable race of things,
    By circular successive order springs. Wentworth Dillon.

    Had Virgil been a circular poet, and closely adhered to history, how could the Romans have had Dido? John Dennis.


  1. circular

    Circular refers to anything that has the shape of a circle, a round two-dimensional geometric shape. It can also refer to something that moves or happens in a cycle or a way that regularly repeats, or to an argument that is cyclic or repetitive due to lack of evidence or reasoning. In written communication, a circular is a formal letter or advertisement that is sent to a large number of people at the same time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Circularadjective

    in the form of, or bounded by, a circle; round

  2. Circularadjective

    repeating itself; ending in itself; reverting to the point of beginning; hence, illogical; inconclusive; as, circular reasoning

  3. Circularadjective

    adhering to a fixed circle of legends; cyclic; hence, mean; inferior. See Cyclic poets, under Cyclic

  4. Circularadjective

    addressed to a circle, or to a number of persons having a common interest; circulated, or intended for circulation; as, a circular letter

  5. Circularadjective

    perfect; complete

  6. Circularadjective

    a circular letter, or paper, usually printed, copies of which are addressed or given to various persons; as, a business circular

  7. Circularadjective

    a sleeveless cloak, cut in circular form

  8. Etymology: [L. circularis, fr. circulus circle: cf. F. circulaire. See Circle.]


  1. Circular

    Circular is the second studio album by Spanish singer Vega, released on February 27, 2006 by Universal Music Spain.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Circular

    sėr′kū-lar, adj. round: ending in itself: addressed to a circle of persons.—n. a note sent round to a circle or number of persons.—n. Circular′ity.—adv. Cir′cularly.—Circular notes, bank-notes issued for the convenience of travellers, being a kind of bill personal to the bearer, who is given also a corresponding 'letter of indication' addressed to foreign bankers.


  1. Circular

    round like a circle.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'circular' in Adjectives Frequency: #877

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of circular in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of circular in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of circular in a Sentence

  1. Nick Bond:

    In the fall of 2013 and early 2014 we started to notice a big, almost circular mass of water that just didn't cool off as much as it usually did, so by spring of 2014 it was warmer than we had ever seen it for that time of year.

  2. Tim Richards:

    Semi-circular in shape, it would have resembled a( 13cm radius) half dinner plate on its side, these crests probably played a role in the flight dynamics of these creatures, and hopefully future research will deliver more definitive answers.

  3. Anna Gedda:

    It comes back to the whole circular vision ... it just makes great sense to look into this business, we see this as a growing part of the industry, with great opportunities both for consumers and not least for the environmental impact, and how we can drastically reduce that by extending the life of the products.

  4. Andraea Dawson-Shepherd:

    At Carlsberg we are firm believers in the importance of a circular economy in ensuring sustainable future growth and development on our planet, and today’s announcement is excellent news. If the project comes to fruition, as we think it will, it will mark a sea-change in our options for packaging liquids, and will be another important step on our journey towards a circular, zero-waste economy.

  5. Tufan Erginbilgic:

    It is an important stepping stone in enabling a stronger circular economy in the polyester industry and helping to reduce unmanaged plastic waste.

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    cloth coverings wrapped around something (as a wound or a baby)
    • A. taper
    • B. hypostatization
    • C. swathing
    • D. scalawag

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