Cir´cle   Pronunciation: sẽr´k'l
1.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.The line that bounds such a figure; a circumference; a ring.
3.(Astron.) An instrument of observation, the graduated limb of which consists of an entire circle.
4.A round body; a sphere; an orb.
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth.
- Is. xi. 22.
5.Compass; circuit; inclosure.
In the circle of this forest.
- Shak.
6.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.A circular group of persons; a ring.
8.A series ending where it begins, and repeating itself.
Thus in a circle runs the peasant's pain.
- Dryden.
9.(Logic) A form of argument in which two or more unproved statements are used to prove each other; inconclusive reasoning.
10.Indirect form of words; circumlocution.
Has he given the lie,
In circle, or oblique, or semicircle.
- J. Fletcher.
11.A territorial division or district.
Azimuth circle
See under Azimuth.
Circle of altitude
(Astron.) a circle parallel to the horizon, having its pole in the zenith; an almucantar.
Circle of curvature
See Osculating circle of a curve (Below).
Circle of declination
See under Declination.
Circle of latitude
a - (Astron.) A great circle perpendicular to the plane of the ecliptic, passing through its poles.
b - (Spherical Projection) A small circle of the sphere whose plane is perpendicular to the axis.
Circles of longitude
lesser circles parallel to the ecliptic, diminishing as they recede from it.
Circle of perpetual apparition
at any given place, the boundary of that space around the elevated pole, within which the stars never set. Its distance from the pole is equal to the latitude of the place.
Circle of perpetual occultation
at any given place, the boundary of the space around the depressed pole, within which the stars never rise.
Circle of the sphere
a circle upon the surface of the sphere, called a great circle when its plane passes through the center of the sphere; in all other cases, a small circle.
Diurnal circle
See under Diurnal.
Dress circle
a gallery in a theater, generally the one containing the prominent and more expensive seats.
Druidical circles
(Eng. Antiq.) a popular name for certain ancient inclosures formed by rude stones circularly arranged, as at Stonehenge, near Salisbury.
Family circle
a gallery in a theater, usually one containing inexpensive seats.
Horary circles
(Dialing) the lines on dials which show the hours.
Osculating circle of a curve
(Geom.) the circle which touches the curve at some point in the curve, and close to the point more nearly coincides with the curve than any other circle. This circle is used as a measure of the curvature of the curve at the point, and hence is called circle of curvature.
Pitch circle
See under Pitch.
Vertical circle
an azimuth circle.
Voltaic circuit
See under Circuit.
To square the circle
See under Square.
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Circled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Circling .]
1.To move around; to revolve around.
Other planets circle other suns.
- Pope.
2.To encompass, as by a circle; to surround; to inclose; to encircle.
So he lies, circled with evil.
- Coleridge.
To circle in
to confine; to hem in; to keep together; as, to circle bodies in.
- Sir K. Digby.
v. i.1.To move circularly; to form a circle; to circulate.
Thy name shall circle round the gaping through.
- Byron.
Noun1.circle - 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.circle - an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot"
Synonyms: band, lot, set
3.circle - something approximating the shape of a circle; "the chairs were arranged in a circle"
4.circle - movement once around a course; "he drove an extra lap just for insurance"
Synonyms: lap, circuit
5.circle - a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island; "the accident blocked all traffic at the rotary"
6.circle - street names for flunitrazepan
7.circle - 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"
Synonyms: dress circle
8.circle - any circular or rotating mechanism; "the machine punched out metal circles"
Synonyms: round
Verb1.circle - travel around something; "circle the globe"
2.circle - move in circles
Synonyms: circulate
3.circle - be around; "Developments surround the town"; "The river encircles the village"
4.circle - form a circle around; "encircle the errors"
Synonyms: encircle
To see a circle in your dream, foretells that you will have fabulous luck in securing your fortune and happiness. The circle symbolizes perfection, completeness and wholeness. On a less positive note, it may also mean that you are going around in circles in a particular situation.. To see an imperfect circle in your dream, signifies that you will face many obstacles and setbacks in achieving your goals. In the end, you will overcome these obstacles and you will find that your struggle was well worth it. To see a circle with a cross, symbolizes earth. It may also serve as guidance toward the centre and self-orientation.O, acquaintance, advance, alentours, alternate, ambience, ambit, anklet, annular muscle, annulus, anthelion, antisun, aphelion, apogee, arc, arena, areola, armlet, arsis, ascend, associates, astronomical longitude, aura, aureole, autumnal equinox, back, back up, bailiwick, band, bangle, be here again, beads, beat, begird, belt, belt in, bijou, border, borderland, borderlands, bout, bow, bracelet, breastpin, brooch, budge, bunch, cabal, cadre, camarilla, camp, catacaustic, catenary, caustic, celestial equator, celestial longitude, celestial meridian, cell, chain, change, change place, chaplet, charm, charmed circle, chatelaine, cincture, circuit, circuiteer, circulate, circumambiencies, circumambulate, circumference, circumjacencies, circummigrate, circumnavigate, circumrotate, circumscribe, circumstances, circumvent, circumvolute, circus, clan, class, climb, clique, close the circle, closed circle, colures, come again, come and go, come around, come full circle, come round, come round again, come up again, companions, company, compass, comrades, conchoid, context, cordon, corona, coronet, coterie, countersun, course, crank, crescent, crew, cronies, crook, crowd, crown, curl, curve, cycle, demesne, department, descend, describe a circle, diacaustic, diadem, diastole, dimensions, discus, division, domain, dominion, downbeat, earring, ebb, ecliptic, elite, elite group, ellipse, encincture, encompass, engird, ensphere, entourage, environ, environing circumstances, environment, environs, equator, equinoctial, equinoctial circle, equinoctial colure, equinox, eternal return, extension, extent, fairy ring, fellowship, festoon, field, flank, flow, fob, fraternity, friends, full circle, galactic longitude, garland, gem, geocentric longitude, geodetic longitude, gestalt, get over, gird, girdle, girdle the globe, glory, go, go about, go around, go round, go sideways, go the round, great circle, group, gyrate, gyre, habitat, halo, heliocentric longitude, hem, hemisphere, hook, hoop, hyperbola, ingroup, inner circle, intermit, jewel, judicial circuit, junta, junto, jurisdiction, lap, lasso, length, lituus, locket, logical circle, longitude, loop, looplet, lot, lunar corona, lunar halo, magic circle, make a circuit, march, meridian, milieu, mob, mock moon, mock sun, moon dog, mount, move, move over, necklace, neighborhood, nimbus, noose, nose ring, orb, orbit, oscillate, outfit, outposts, outskirts, pale, parabola, paraselene, parhelic circle, parhelion, perigee, perihelion, perimeter, period, periphery, pin, pirouette, pivot, plunge, precinct, precincts, precious stone, progress, province, pulsate, pulse, purlieus, push, radius, rainbow, realm, reappear, recur, regress, reoccur, repeat, retrogress, return, revolution, revolve, rhinestone, ringlet, rise, roll, roll around, rondelle, rotate, rotation, round, round trip, roundel, rounds, run, saucer, scope, screw, series, shift, sink, sinus, situation, skirt, small circle, soar, society, solar corona, solar halo, solstitial colure, spell, sphere, sphincter, spin, spiral, stickpin, stir, stone, stream, subside, suburbs, sun dog, surroundings, swing, swivel, systole, thesis, tiara, torque, total environment, tour, tracery, trajectory, travel, turn, turn a pirouette, turn around, turn round, twine around, twist, undulate, upbeat, vernal equinox, vicinage, vicinity, vicious circle, walk, wamble, wampum, wane, we-group, wheel, wheel around, whirl, wind, wreath, wreathe, wreathe around, wristband, wristlet, zodiac, zone
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Circaea alpina
Circaea lutetiana
Circassian walnut
Circis siliquastrum
-- Circle --
circle around
Circle at infinity
Circle of altitude
circle of curvature
Circle of declination
Circle of latitude
Circle of perpetual apparition
Circle of perpetual occultation
Circle of the gorge
Circle of the sphere
circle of Willis
circle round
Circles of longitude
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