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Circle

Cir´cle   Pronunciation: sẽr´k'l
n.1.
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.
5.Compass; circuit; inclosure.
In the circle of this forest.
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.
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.
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.
2.To encompass, as by a circle; to surround; to inclose; to encircle.
So he lies, circled with evil.
 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.
 Noun 1 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"Synonyms: rotary, roundabout, traffic circle 6 circle - street names for flunitrazepanSynonyms: forget me drug, Mexican valium, R-2, roofy, rophy, rope, roach 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 Verb 1 circle - travel around something; "circle the globe" 2 circle - move in circlesSynonyms: circulate 3 circle - be around; "Developments surround the town"; "The river encircles the village"Synonyms: encircle, environ, surround, round, ring 4 circle - form a circle around; "encircle the errors"Synonyms: encircle