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Meaning of CIRCLE

Pronunciation:  'surkul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  movement once around a course; "he drove an extra lap just for insurance"
  2. [n]  any circular or rotating mechanism; "the machine punched out metal circles"
  3. [n]  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"
  4. [n]  a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island; "the accident blocked all traffic at the rotary"
  5. [n]  an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot"
  6. [n]  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"
  7. [n]  something approximating the shape of a circle; "the chairs were arranged in a circle"
  8. [v]  form a circle around; "encircle the errors"
  9. [v]  travel around something; "circle the globe"
  10. [v]  move in circles
  11. [v]  be around; "Developments surround the town"; "The river encircles the village"

CIRCLE is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: band, circuit, circulate, dress circle, encircle, encircle, environ, lap, lot, ring, rotary, round, round, roundabout, set, surround, traffic circle
 See Also: arc, bear, begird, camp, car pool, carry, circle around, circle of curvature, circle round, circumambulate, circumnavigate, clique, cloister, cohort, company, compass, confederacy, conspiracy, contain, coterie, disc, disk, ellipse, epicycle, equator, form, form, Four Hundred, gird, girt, girth, go, hold, horsey set, horsy set, house, ingroup, inner circle, jet set, junction, lap of honour, locomote, locomotion, loop, move, orbit, osculating circle, oval, pace lap, pack, party, revolve, revolve around, road, rotating mechanism, route, seating, seating area, seating room, seats, shape, shape, social group, theater, theatre, travel, travel, troll, twine, victory lap, walk around, wreath, wreathe



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cir"cle\ (s[~e]r"k'l), n. [OE. cercle, F. cercle, fr. L.
    circulus (Whence also AS. circul), dim. of circus circle,
    akin to Gr. kri`kos, ki`rkos, circle, ring. Cf. {Circus},
    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
    3. (Astron.) An instrument of observation, the graduated limb
       of which consists of an entire circle.
    Note: When it is fixed to a wall in an observatory, it is
          called a {mural circle}; when mounted with a telescope
          on an axis and in Y's, in the plane of the meridian, a
          {meridian or transit circle}; when involving the
          principle of reflection, like the sextant, a
          {reflecting circle}; and when that of repeating an
          angle several times continuously along the graduated
          limb, a {repeating 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.
             As his name gradually became known, the circle of
             his acquaintance widened.             --Macaulay.
    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
             That heavy bodies descend by gravity; and, again,
             that gravity is a quality whereby a heavy body
             descends, is an impertinent circle and teaches
             nothing.                              --Glanvill.
    10. Indirect form of words; circumlocution. [R.]
              Has he given the lie, In circle, or oblique, or
              semicircle.                          --J. Fletcher.
    11. A territorial division or district.
    {The Circles of the Holy Roman Empire}, ten in number, were
       those principalities or provinces which had seats in the
       German Diet.
    {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}
    {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
    {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} {circle or circuit}. See under {Circuit}.
    {To square the circle}. See under {Square}.
    Syn: Ring; circlet; compass; circuit; inclosure.
  2. \Cir"cle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Circled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Circling}.] [OE. cerclen, F. cercler, fr. L. circulare to
    make round. See {Circle}, n., and cf. {Circulate}.]
    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. --Prior. Pope.
             Their heads are circled with a short turban.
             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.
  3. \Cir"cle\, v. i.
    To move circularly; to form a circle; to circulate.
          Thy name shall circle round the gaping through.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing 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.. Seeing an imperfect circle in your dream means 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. Seeing a circle with a cross, symbolizes earth. It may also serve as guidance toward the center and self-orientation.
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