Meaning of CIRCLE in English

CIRCLE

INDEX:

1. a circle

2. shaped like a circle

3. shaped like a circle but with two slightly flat sides

4. something that is shaped like a circle

5. to draw a circle around something

6. half a circle

RELATED WORDS

go around, move in a circle : ↑ AROUND/ROUND

shaped like a ball : ↑ ROUND

see also

↑ SHAPE

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1. a circle

▷ circle /ˈsɜːʳk ə l/ [countable noun]

an area or line that is in the shape of a circle :

▪ The teacher drew a circle on the blackboard.

▪ The circle of stones at Stonehenge is thought to have originally been a temple.

▪ The flashlight threw a dim circle of light onto the wall.

in a circle

in a shape like a circle

▪ We all stood in a circle and tossed the ball to each other.

form a circle

to make a group of people or things in the shape of a circle

▪ I want you to form two circles, one inside the other. Boys on the outside, girls on the inside.

▷ ring /rɪŋ/ [countable noun]

a line that is in the shape of a circle, especially of people or things surrounding something :

▪ The cottage was surrounded by a ring of trees.

▪ The cup left a dark ring on the table.

▪ The hostage’s wrists had red rings on them where the ropes had been pulled tight.

in a ring

in a shape like a circle

▪ The children sat around him in a ring, eager to hear his story.

▷ loop /luːp/ [countable noun]

a shape like a curve or a circle made by a line curving back towards itself :

▪ The road goes round in a loop and rejoins the main road about 2 kilometres past the town.

2. shaped like a circle

▷ round /raʊnd/ [adjective]

shaped like a circle :

▪ In the kitchen there was a round table with a vase of flowers on it.

▪ Violet stared at him with her huge round eyes.

▪ The moon was perfectly round that night.

▷ circular /ˈsɜːʳkjɑləʳ/ [adjective]

shaped like a circle, or moving in the shape of a circle :

▪ The cattle are kept in a large enclosure surrounded by a circular fence.

▪ The villa has a circular courtyard with rooms leading off it in all directions.

▪ The procession follows a circular route through the town, and finishes back in the park.

3. shaped like a circle but with two slightly flat sides

▷ oval /ˈəʊv ə l/ [adjective]

▪ In the dining room is a highly polished oval table with matching chairs.

▪ She was a pretty woman with an oval face.

▷ egg-shaped /ˈeg ʃeɪpt/ [adjective]

shaped like an egg, slightly wider at one end :

▪ The chocolates are egg-shaped and full of nuts.

▷ elliptical /ɪˈlɪptɪk ə l/ [adjective]

shaped like a circle but with two slightly flat sides :

▪ The earth moves around the sun in an elliptical orbit.

▪ A striking feature of this architectural style is the elliptical windows.

4. something that is shaped like a circle

▷ ring /rɪŋ/ [countable noun]

an object that is in the shape of a circle with a large round space in the middle :

▪ Cut the onion into rings and fry in a little oil.

▪ You have to throw the wooden rings so that they land around the bottles.

▪ He sat in a corner blowing smoke rings.

▷ disk also disc British /dɪsk/ [countable noun]

an object that is in the shape of a flat circle :

▪ He gazed up at the pale yellow disk of the moon.

▪ Each player chooses a coloured disk and places it on the board in the space marked ‘go’.

▷ loop /luːp/ [countable noun]

something such as a piece of string or wire that is curved round to make a shape almost like a circle :

▪ The gate was attached to the post by a loop of rusty wire.

▪ Pull the end of the string through the loop and tighten.

5. to draw a circle around something

▷ circle/ring /ˈsɜːʳk ə l, rɪŋ/ [transitive verb]

to draw a circle around something that is written or drawn on a page, especially in order to make it easier to see or notice :

▪ Two of the advertisements in the paper had been circled.

▪ Someone had ringed all the important landmarks on the map in pencil.

6. half a circle

▷ semicircle /ˈsemɪˌsɜːʳk ə l/ [countable noun]

▪ Behind the beach is a huge semicircle of limestone cliffs.

in a semicircle

▪ The teacher had arranged the desks in a semicircle.

semicircular /ˌsemɪˈsɜːʳkjɑləʳ◂/ [adjective]

▪ We ate at a small semicircular table which stood against the wall.

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