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sərˈkʌm fər ənscir·cum·fer·ence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. circumference, perimeternoun

    the size of something as given by the distance around it

  2. 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"

  3. circumferencenoun

    the length of the closed curve of a circle


  1. circumferencenoun

    The line that bounds a circle or other two-dimensional figure

    Etymology: From circumferentia, circum around; ferre carry

  2. circumferencenoun

    The length of such a line

    Etymology: From circumferentia, circum around; ferre carry

  3. circumferencenoun

    The surface of a round or spherical object

    Etymology: From circumferentia, circum around; ferre carry

Webster Dictionary

  1. Circumferencenoun

    the line that goes round or encompasses a circular figure; a periphery

    Etymology: [L. circumferentia.]

  2. Circumferencenoun

    a circle; anything circular

    Etymology: [L. circumferentia.]

  3. Circumferencenoun

    the external surface of a sphere, or of any orbicular body

    Etymology: [L. circumferentia.]

  4. Circumferenceverb

    to include in a circular space; to bound

    Etymology: [L. circumferentia.]


  1. Circumference

    Circumference is the linear distance around the outside of a closed curve or circular object. The circumference of a circle is of special importance to geometric and trigonometric concepts. However circumference may also describe the outside of elliptical closed curves. Circumference is a special example of perimeter.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Circumference

    sėr-kum′fėr-ens, n. the boundary-line of any round body, esp. of a circle: the line surrounding anything: area: compass: distance round.—adj. Circumferen′tialn. Circumferent′or, an instrument used by surveyors and miners for measuring horizontal angles, consisting of a graduated circle, an index, and a magnetic needle suspended over the centre of a circle—now superseded by the Theodolite. [L. circum, about, ferre, to carry.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of circumference in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of circumference in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of circumference in a Sentence

  1. Vikrant Parsai:

    God lives in the centre of a circle and circumference is the only way we have to cover to find him and it can be covered only by worshipping.

  2. Baltasar Gracián y Morales:

    One must pass through the circumference of time before arriving at the center of opportunity.

  3. Tom Zegan:

    Time is the measurement of the rotation of the Earths Surface around the Circumference of it's Axis.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    It does not make any sense to talk with a common sense to a person who has almost all thinking common with almost all people all the time, and remains confined within own circumference of ‘I’, ‘ME’ and ‘Myself’ and often has view or sentence with the word ‘YOU’.

  5. Scott Carver:

    Basically around the circumference [ of the intestine ], there are some parts that are more stretchy and some parts that are more stiff, and that is what creates the edges and the cubing.

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    proceed or issue forth, as from a source
    • A. abash
    • B. emanate
    • C. elate
    • D. transpire

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