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circle

  

      n  
1    a closed plane curve every point of which is equidistant from a given fixed point, the centre. Equation: (x --h)2 + (y --k)2 = r2 where r is the radius and (h, k) are the coordinates of the centre; area <Gpi>r2; circumference: 2<Gpi>r  
2    the figure enclosed by such a curve  
3      (Theatre)   the section of seats above the main level of the auditorium, usually comprising the dress circle and the upper circle  
4    something formed or arranged in the shape of a circle  
5    a group of people sharing an interest, activity, upbringing, etc.; set  
golf circles, a family circle     
6    a domain or area of activity, interest, or influence  
7    a circuit  
8    a process or chain of events or parts that forms a connected whole; cycle  
9    a parallel of latitude  
   See also       great circle       small circle  
10    the ring of a circus  
11    one of a number of Neolithic or Bronze Age rings of standing stones, such as Stonehenge, found in Europe and thought to be associated with some form of ritual or astronomical measurement  
12      (Hockey)      See       striking circle  
13    a circular argument  
   See       vicious circle       2  
14    come full circle   to arrive back at one's starting point  
   See also       vicious circle  
15    go or run round in circles   to engage in energetic but fruitless activity  
      vb  
16    to move in a circle (around)  
we circled the city by car     
17    tr   to enclose in a circle; encircle  
     (C14: from Latin circulus a circular figure, from circus ring, circle)  
  circler      n  


Antarctic Circle  
      n   the imaginary circle around the earth, parallel to the equator, at latitude 66° 32<minute> S  
Arctic Circle  
      n   the imaginary circle round the earth, parallel to the equator, at latitude 66° 32<minute> N  
corn circle  
      n      another name for       crop circle  
crop circle  
      n   any of various patterns, usually wholly or partly consisting of ring shapes, formed by the unexplained flattening of cereals growing in a field  
dip circle  
      n   an instrument for measuring dip, consisting of a dip needle with a vertical circular scale of angles,   (Also called)    inclinometer  
dress circle  
      n   a tier of seats in a theatre or other auditorium, usually the first gallery above the ground floor  
equinoctial circle   , line  
      n      another name for       celestial equator  
family circle  
      n  
1    members of a family regarded as a closed group  
2      (Chiefly U.S.)   the cheap seating area in a theatre behind or above the dress circle  
great circle  
      n   a circular section of a sphere that has a radius equal to that of the sphere  
   Compare       small circle  
hour circle  
      n   a great circle on the celestial sphere passing through the celestial poles and a specified point, such as a star  
hut circle  
      n     (Archaeol)   a circle of earth or stones representing the site of a prehistoric hut  
Magic Circle  
      n  
1    the British association of magicians, traditionally forbidden to reveal any of the secrets of their art  
2    not caps   a group of influential people involved in a conspiracy  
meridian circle  
      n   an instrument used in astronomy for determining the declination and right ascension of stars. It consists of a telescope attached to a graduated circle  
parhelic circle  
      n     (Meteorol)   a luminous band at the same altitude as the sun, parallel to the horizon, caused by reflection of the sun's rays by ice crystals in the atmosphere  
parquet circle  
      n     (U.S)   the seating area of the main floor of a theatre that lies to the rear of the auditorium and underneath the balcony,   (Also called)    parterre  
pitch circle  
      n   an imaginary circle passing through the teeth of a gearwheel, concentric with the gearwheel, and having a radius that would enable it to be in contact with a similar circle around a mating gearwheel  
polar circle  
      n      a term for either the       Arctic Circle       Antarctic Circle  
small circle  
      n   a circular section of a sphere that does not contain the centre of the sphere  
   Compare       great circle  
striking circle  
      n     (Hockey)   the semicircular area in front of each goal, which an attacking player must have entered before scoring a goal  
traffic circle  
      n      the U.S. and Canadian name for       roundabout       2  
turning circle  
      n   the smallest circle in which a vehicle can turn  
vertical circle  
      n     (Astronomy)   a great circle on the celestial sphere passing through the zenith and perpendicular to the horizon  
vicious circle  
      n  
1      (Also)    vicious cycle   a situation in which an attempt to resolve one problem creates new problems that lead back to the original situation  
2      (Logic)  
a    a form of reasoning in which a conclusion is inferred from premises the truth of which cannot be established independently of that conclusion  
b    an explanation given in terms that cannot be understood independently of that which was to be explained  
c    a situation in which some statement is shown to entail its negation and vice versa, as this statement is false is true only if false and false only if true  
3      (Med)   a condition in which one disease or disorder causes another, which in turn aggravates the first condition  
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galactic equator   , circle         
      n   the great circle on the celestial sphere containing the galactic plane  


Antarctic Circle  
      n   the imaginary circle around the earth, parallel to the equator, at latitude 66° 32<minute> S  
Arctic Circle  
      n   the imaginary circle round the earth, parallel to the equator, at latitude 66° 32<minute> N  
circle  
      n  
1    a closed plane curve every point of which is equidistant from a given fixed point, the centre. Equation: (x --h)2 + (y --k)2 = r2 where r is the radius and (h, k) are the coordinates of the centre; area <Gpi>r2; circumference: 2<Gpi>r  
2    the figure enclosed by such a curve  
3      (Theatre)   the section of seats above the main level of the auditorium, usually comprising the dress circle and the upper circle  
4    something formed or arranged in the shape of a circle  
5    a group of people sharing an interest, activity, upbringing, etc.; set  
golf circles, a family circle     
6    a domain or area of activity, interest, or influence  
7    a circuit  
8    a process or chain of events or parts that forms a connected whole; cycle  
9    a parallel of latitude  
   See also       great circle       small circle  
10    the ring of a circus  
11    one of a number of Neolithic or Bronze Age rings of standing stones, such as Stonehenge, found in Europe and thought to be associated with some form of ritual or astronomical measurement  
12      (Hockey)      See       striking circle  
13    a circular argument  
   See       vicious circle       2  
14    come full circle   to arrive back at one's starting point  
   See also       vicious circle  
15    go or run round in circles   to engage in energetic but fruitless activity  
      vb  
16    to move in a circle (around)  
we circled the city by car     
17    tr   to enclose in a circle; encircle  
     (C14: from Latin circulus a circular figure, from circus ring, circle)  
  circler      n  
corn circle  
      n      another name for       crop circle  
crop circle  
      n   any of various patterns, usually wholly or partly consisting of ring shapes, formed by the unexplained flattening of cereals growing in a field  
dip circle  
      n   an instrument for measuring dip, consisting of a dip needle with a vertical circular scale of angles,   (Also called)    inclinometer  
dress circle  
      n   a tier of seats in a theatre or other auditorium, usually the first gallery above the ground floor  
equinoctial circle   , line  
      n      another name for       celestial equator  
family circle  
      n  
1    members of a family regarded as a closed group  
2      (Chiefly U.S.)   the cheap seating area in a theatre behind or above the dress circle  
great circle  
      n   a circular section of a sphere that has a radius equal to that of the sphere  
   Compare       small circle  
hour circle  
      n   a great circle on the celestial sphere passing through the celestial poles and a specified point, such as a star  
hut circle  
      n     (Archaeol)   a circle of earth or stones representing the site of a prehistoric hut  
Magic Circle  
      n  
1    the British association of magicians, traditionally forbidden to reveal any of the secrets of their art  
2    not caps   a group of influential people involved in a conspiracy  
meridian circle  
      n   an instrument used in astronomy for determining the declination and right ascension of stars. It consists of a telescope attached to a graduated circle  
parhelic circle  
      n     (Meteorol)   a luminous band at the same altitude as the sun, parallel to the horizon, caused by reflection of the sun's rays by ice crystals in the atmosphere  
parquet circle  
      n     (U.S)   the seating area of the main floor of a theatre that lies to the rear of the auditorium and underneath the balcony,   (Also called)    parterre  
pitch circle  
      n   an imaginary circle passing through the teeth of a gearwheel, concentric with the gearwheel, and having a radius that would enable it to be in contact with a similar circle around a mating gearwheel  
polar circle  
      n      a term for either the       Arctic Circle       Antarctic Circle  
small circle  
      n   a circular section of a sphere that does not contain the centre of the sphere  
   Compare       great circle  
striking circle  
      n     (Hockey)   the semicircular area in front of each goal, which an attacking player must have entered before scoring a goal  
traffic circle  
      n      the U.S. and Canadian name for       roundabout       2  
turning circle  
      n   the smallest circle in which a vehicle can turn  
vertical circle  
      n     (Astronomy)   a great circle on the celestial sphere passing through the zenith and perpendicular to the horizon  
vicious circle  
      n  
1      (Also)    vicious cycle   a situation in which an attempt to resolve one problem creates new problems that lead back to the original situation  
2      (Logic)  
a    a form of reasoning in which a conclusion is inferred from premises the truth of which cannot be established independently of that conclusion  
b    an explanation given in terms that cannot be understood independently of that which was to be explained  
c    a situation in which some statement is shown to entail its negation and vice versa, as this statement is false is true only if false and false only if true  
3      (Med)   a condition in which one disease or disorder causes another, which in turn aggravates the first condition  

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winner's enclosure   , circle         
      n      See       unsaddling enclosure  


Antarctic Circle  
      n   the imaginary circle around the earth, parallel to the equator, at latitude 66° 32<minute> S  
Arctic Circle  
      n   the imaginary circle round the earth, parallel to the equator, at latitude 66° 32<minute> N  
circle  
      n  
1    a closed plane curve every point of which is equidistant from a given fixed point, the centre. Equation: (x --h)2 + (y --k)2 = r2 where r is the radius and (h, k) are the coordinates of the centre; area <Gpi>r2; circumference: 2<Gpi>r  
2    the figure enclosed by such a curve  
3      (Theatre)   the section of seats above the main level of the auditorium, usually comprising the dress circle and the upper circle  
4    something formed or arranged in the shape of a circle  
5    a group of people sharing an interest, activity, upbringing, etc.; set  
golf circles, a family circle     
6    a domain or area of activity, interest, or influence  
7    a circuit  
8    a process or chain of events or parts that forms a connected whole; cycle  
9    a parallel of latitude  
   See also       great circle       small circle  
10    the ring of a circus  
11    one of a number of Neolithic or Bronze Age rings of standing stones, such as Stonehenge, found in Europe and thought to be associated with some form of ritual or astronomical measurement  
12      (Hockey)      See       striking circle  
13    a circular argument  
   See       vicious circle       2  
14    come full circle   to arrive back at one's starting point  
   See also       vicious circle  
15    go or run round in circles   to engage in energetic but fruitless activity  
      vb  
16    to move in a circle (around)  
we circled the city by car     
17    tr   to enclose in a circle; encircle  
     (C14: from Latin circulus a circular figure, from circus ring, circle)  
  circler      n  
corn circle  
      n      another name for       crop circle  
crop circle  
      n   any of various patterns, usually wholly or partly consisting of ring shapes, formed by the unexplained flattening of cereals growing in a field  
dip circle  
      n   an instrument for measuring dip, consisting of a dip needle with a vertical circular scale of angles,   (Also called)    inclinometer  
dress circle  
      n   a tier of seats in a theatre or other auditorium, usually the first gallery above the ground floor  
equinoctial circle   , line  
      n      another name for       celestial equator  
family circle  
      n  
1    members of a family regarded as a closed group  
2      (Chiefly U.S.)   the cheap seating area in a theatre behind or above the dress circle  
great circle  
      n   a circular section of a sphere that has a radius equal to that of the sphere  
   Compare       small circle  
hour circle  
      n   a great circle on the celestial sphere passing through the celestial poles and a specified point, such as a star  
hut circle  
      n     (Archaeol)   a circle of earth or stones representing the site of a prehistoric hut  
Magic Circle  
      n  
1    the British association of magicians, traditionally forbidden to reveal any of the secrets of their art  
2    not caps   a group of influential people involved in a conspiracy  
meridian circle  
      n   an instrument used in astronomy for determining the declination and right ascension of stars. It consists of a telescope attached to a graduated circle  
parhelic circle  
      n     (Meteorol)   a luminous band at the same altitude as the sun, parallel to the horizon, caused by reflection of the sun's rays by ice crystals in the atmosphere  
parquet circle  
      n     (U.S)   the seating area of the main floor of a theatre that lies to the rear of the auditorium and underneath the balcony,   (Also called)    parterre  
pitch circle  
      n   an imaginary circle passing through the teeth of a gearwheel, concentric with the gearwheel, and having a radius that would enable it to be in contact with a similar circle around a mating gearwheel  
polar circle  
      n      a term for either the       Arctic Circle       Antarctic Circle  
small circle  
      n   a circular section of a sphere that does not contain the centre of the sphere  
   Compare       great circle  
striking circle  
      n     (Hockey)   the semicircular area in front of each goal, which an attacking player must have entered before scoring a goal  
traffic circle  
      n      the U.S. and Canadian name for       roundabout       2  
turning circle  
      n   the smallest circle in which a vehicle can turn  
vertical circle  
      n     (Astronomy)   a great circle on the celestial sphere passing through the zenith and perpendicular to the horizon  
vicious circle  
      n  
1      (Also)    vicious cycle   a situation in which an attempt to resolve one problem creates new problems that lead back to the original situation  
2      (Logic)  
a    a form of reasoning in which a conclusion is inferred from premises the truth of which cannot be established independently of that conclusion  
b    an explanation given in terms that cannot be understood independently of that which was to be explained  
c    a situation in which some statement is shown to entail its negation and vice versa, as this statement is false is true only if false and false only if true  
3      (Med)   a condition in which one disease or disorder causes another, which in turn aggravates the first condition  

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circle

  

      n  
1    band, circumference, coil, cordon, cycle, disc, globe, lap, loop, orb, perimeter, periphery, revolution, ring, round, sphere, turn  
2    area, bounds, circuit, compass, domain, enclosure, field, orbit, province, range, realm, region, scene, sphere  
3    assembly, class, clique, club, company, coterie, crowd, fellowship, fraternity, group, order, school, set, society  
      vb  
4    belt, circumnavigate, circumscribe, coil, compass, curve, encircle, enclose, encompass, envelop, gird, hem in, pivot, revolve, ring, rotate, surround, tour, whirl  

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