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Pronunciation:  `surkum'skrIb

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"
  2. [v]  draw a line around; "He drew a circle around the points"
  3. [v]  to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect

CIRCUMSCRIBE is a 12 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: confine, limit
 See Also: cap, content, curb, curtail, cut back, decrease, delimit, delimitate, delineate, demarcate, describe, draw, keep down, lessen, line, minify, number, outline, ration, restrict, trace



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cir`cum*scribe"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
{Circumscribed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Circumscribing}.] [L.
circumscribere, -scriptum; circum + scribere to write, draw.
See {Soribe}.]
1. to write or engrave around. [R.]

         Thereon is circumscribed this epitaph. --Ashmole.

2. To inclose within a certain limit; to hem in; to surround;
   to bound; to confine; to restrain.

         To circumscribe royal power.          --Bancroft.

3. (Geom.) To draw a line around so as to touch at certain
   points without cutting. See {Inscribe}, 5.

Syn: To bound; limit; restrict; confine; abridge; restrain;
     environ; encircle; inclose; encompass.

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