Meaning of CIRCLE in English

CIRCLE

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a pool/circle of light (= an area of light )

They stood in the pool of light cast by the streetlamp.

Antarctic Circle

charmed circle

politicians outside the charmed circle

closed circle

The police have a closed circle of suspects.

crop circle

dress circle

family circle

round in circles

a shoal of tiny fish swimming round in circles

sb’s circle of friends (= all the friends sb has )

Her small circle of friends used to play cards together.

stone circle

traffic circle

turning circle

vicious circle

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

academic

He also expressed his disappointment at the lack of support from his colleagues in academic circles .

War and the military had become unpopular in academic and intellectual circles .

We have described two uses of the survey method which originated outside academic circles .

The burden of the essay will be merely to indicate how voluntarism can succeed in academic circles .

There is much of it already in academic circles and also in business centers.

Criticism and debate are to be welcomed, however, and should not be confined to academic circles .

close

Anybody outside his close immediate circle was intrigued by the Guinness enigma.

And most of them begin at home, with ourselves and our closest circle of friends.

concentric

The landowners lived centrally, and around them, in concentric circles as it were, lived the working people.

Instead, there was a series of concentric circles , surrounding a small black disk.

This is on concentric , double circle plan, with central dome and sloping outer roofs.

The targets are black men with superimposed concentric circles declining to a solid, black bullseye.

The words run along each concentric circle and not across circles.

Julian's Bower, at Alkborough, Lincolnshire, is altogether more elaborate, having twelve concentric circles .

The strata are now much folded and appear on the surface as a series of concentric circles .

The model constructed by Nairn resembles a series of concentric circles .

dark

After moisturising, disguise thread veins, blemishes and dark circles under the eyes with a good concealer.

These in turn merge gradually into dark circles and bright outer rings with no evidence of impact cratering.

A lookout watched for the tell-tale dark circle of a shoal of sardines.

And two little beady eyes with dark blue circles under them whether I sleep enough or not.

His teeth were gritted together and he had dark circles under his eyes.

Haven't you seen the dark circles under her eyes?

There at a table was a clearly dejected, drooping Auguste, with large dark circles under his eyes.

full

Cross the Bahnhof bridge, and you will have come full circle back to the starting point.

Today, society has evolved and the wheel has come full circle .

We had come back like the full circle of our route, intact.

Then the car swung all the way back, full circle , the lanes of the freeway streaking under me.

The neo-colonial wheel has almost come full circle .

A manufacturer of sun care products has just issued a report showing that the view on tanning has come full circle .

Thus the wheel had turned full circle .

inner

The intrigue, if one existed, was worthy of the inner circle of the Imperial court on far distant Knossos.

Edna McGurk came from an insular inner circle of elite Philadelphia society.

He is not one of the inner circle , and does not know where his orders came from.

But the vortex fills as he nears its inner circle .

The inner circle represents activities that are accepted as sport in all countries and fulfil all of Rodgers' criteria.

Hubbell, part of the Clintons' inner circle , is intimately familiar with their financial affairs.

But in Johnson's inner circle of advisers, there were fewer defections.

Why would a member of his inner circle record such an event?

large

There are no ground rules for knowing how to handle these semi-permanent relationships in the context of the larger family circle .

But even if we do accept the larger stone circles as computers, this does not really explain why people made them.

As you bend and straighten your legs, make a large circle with your arms.

They flew side by side, making large , irregular circles .

Successively larger circles indicate amplitudes of 30°, 40° and 50°.

A scholar or a particular work by a scholar may locate him / her in larger circles of shared collective life.

Brush the whole cake with apricot glaze, then roll out the remaining marzipan to a large circle to cover.

Curd took the group, seated in a large circle , through the various steps of coping with grief.

literary

Eleanor's husband had secured his first lectureship, and her first novel had been acclaimed in literary circles .

By 1920 she had proved herself by earning a living in a difficult world, and by winning recognition in literary circles .

There are several appreciative remarks about him by members of the literary and artistic circle .

Bill Raeper was well known in literary circles in Oxford.

little

He could see Chris in the little circle surrounding Finnegan's ball.

Harder, harder, the fingers moved slowly around toward her windpipe, making little circles on the way.

Bobbie occupied with Marie's little circle would have less time and energy for stalking David Chester with the Fieldfare family pistol.

Weld helped her find little circles of women on whom to practice public speaking; before long, men started attending.

So it was transparent, with these little black circles in it that seemed to jump backwards and forwards at you.

In 1939 they were still politically unknown outside their own little circle .

magic

Perhaps deities were transported in ships to describe a magic circle of divine protection round the whole island.

Occultists also claim to cast out demons affecting or possessing one of their number, and even friends outside their magic circles .

political

There are various species of Sizewell men - no, in modern political circles , Sizewell people.

The hot topic in political circles here is who might become Sen.

Yet he had somehow established a reputation in political circles as something out of the ordinary.

For the most part these newspapers were owned by persons high in political circles or were subsidized by special interest groups.

After the Gulf War he was promoted rapidly and began to mix more in political circles .

But hardly anyone in political circles , including Republican loyalist redoubts on Capitol Hill, believes that right now.

For now, such notions of bigness play well in political circles but thankfully not in all banking ones.

On the basis of available facts, the Mandelas' cult following in international political circles seems inexplicable.

small

The office of prime minister is a lonely and uniquely stressful one, and most develop their own small circle of confidants.

For much of its short history, the computer world was inhabited by a small circle of researchers, students and hobbyists.

A bonfire blazed inside a small circle of stones.

Next, a smaller circle , the epicycle, was drawn with its center on the circumference on the deferent.

The drawbacks of this relationship are its stolid dullness and its tendency to focus power in a small circle of people.

It was a small closed circle that I think will open even wider now.

He was instantly recognizable in the small but influential circle he kept.

Its industries' products remained luxuries, reserved for a small circle of town-dwellers, or for export.

social

Depending upon the social circles in which the young adult moves there will be more or less pressure towards getting married.

After this she removed herself from her social circle , and avoided the company of any but a very few friends.

She's quite a popular figure in social circles .

Alfred wanted Amy to marry some one in their own social circle , as their eldest, William, had done.

It did not imply membership of a social circle but an attitude of mind.

The civilities of politeness and social etiquette may ensure that the locals' resentment is voiced only in their own social circle .

Similarly, the unemployed found the focus of their social circle also becoming centred on heroin.

They may have lost touch with their friends and have to start again to build up a new social circle .

turning

He took Susan Hart's directions and found the no-through road and the turning circle and the track.

The turning circles remain unchanged, but the steering wheel only requires 3.4 turns from lock-to-lock.

His car was in the turning circle .

vicious

This has produced a nastily vicious circle .

I had to destroy, once and for all, the vicious circle of poverty and economic stagnation.

The result, in short, was a vicious circle .

And if the auction houses aren't doing well ... it's a vicious circle .

Marital dissatisfaction can lead to adultery which, in turn, exacerbates dissatisfaction in a vicious circle .

Think of the vicious circle of hyperventilation.

How can this vicious circle be broken?

We would get back into a vicious circle .

wide

Fox was a nice man, much liked among a wide circle of his fellow-clergy.

They flew in wide , eccentric circles and I realized that the birds were drunk.

His passing leaves a sore gap in his family circle and in his wider circle of friends and acquaintances.

A dozen boats idled in a wide circle around the flames.

He has heard, perhaps from the Ambassador, that I have a wide circle of friends and acquaintances over there.

The assumptions underlying the deconstructionist view of reality linger on in surprisingly wide circles of influence in the 1990s.

Through contracts and franchises handed out to associates, a wider circle of loyalists has made a fortune.

Charles Olson relied on his wide circle of literary friends when he recruited for Black Mountain.

■ NOUN

court

Today Oxfordshire's Tim Henman justified the tributes being paid to him in court circles !

By 1633 he was already moving in court circles .

stone

I imagined solemn covens chanting, straggling torchlight processions winding up to mountain tops, stone circles , sacred trees and springs.

It is true we no longer live in the cultures that produced the great temples or stone circles or earthworks.

But even if we do accept the larger stone circles as computers, this does not really explain why people made them.

Under sheltering trees stand three cairns and stone circles , worn yet awesomely dignified after more than 5,000 years.

In the Neolithic, or New Stone Age, we find the beginning of temples, stone circles , and monumental earthworks.

This Land of Our Fathers comes complete with Celtic stone circle , ancient swamps and iron-age huts.

In the west of Ireland a small roadside shrine to the Virgin Mary stands almost alongside an equally modest stone circle .

■ VERB

draw

With points 0, 2, 4 etc, as centres draw quadrants of circles with radius 9.

I drew a circle with my finger on the concrete rim of the fountain.

They have drawn out the magical circle simply to trap the adventurers, when they saw them approaching the area.

He put the page on the desk and drew a circle on it.

Picabia was drawn into the circle , probably by Apollinaire with whom he had recently become friendly.

Peter drew a circle on the notepad with his pen then divided the circle into eight sections.

The toe of his right sandal slowly drew a circle .

Neurologists like to draw a circle and ask the patient to fill in a clock face.

form

The herd solves this problem by forming a defensive circle when marauding wolves attack.

They form a circle and keep tossing, industriously, carefully.

Those within the existing Community who hesitate over future commitments would form the next circle .

Hilda returned to her seat next to Omite, while the other women seemed to form a circle that excluded her.

They all formed a loose circle around the stretcher.

One starts playing a harmonica, the others form a circle .

It contains five plain gold rings, interlinked to form a circle .

Still others formed circles of worshippers in their communities to celebrate the seasons and the special moments of their lives.

move

He moved in exalted circles - and was ambitious for greater things.

But even for those who move freely in this circle of literary classics, Characters still has some problems.

Then he slowly began moving in a circle until he was directly behind his father.

Tanya insists on moving in many circles and, above all, on thinking for herself.

It was a pleasing thought, that I might soon be moving in more exalted circles .

Use the spatula to move half the circles to a cookie sheet.

As if they would move in the same circles .

Once the first bid has been made, the game moves clockwise in the circle .

run

Down on the beach Tonton now ran in a crazy circle , his tail tucked between his legs.

Mobutu would run circles around us.

First, I needed to know whether the axis running through the circle centres continued to the church at Bishops Cannings.

They were running in a circle , essentially, going nowhere.

They had run circles round me.

I had a tendency to run around in circles getting more and more worked up.

The words run along each concentric circle and not across circles.

He ran great loopy circles , barking with delight, while Master dodged and dived, trying to catch him.

sit

Blind Man's Buff Everyone sits in a circle with one person sitting blindfolded in the middle.

I sat in a circle of fire for one whole night as my body became scorched with blisters.

In a dusty room in the Pearce Institute the children sat round in a circle .

They sit in a circle surrounded by family and friends.

They then sit in a circle and hold their bags unopened.

As they do every morning, the girls sit in a circle in the middle of the floor, stretching and talking.

Description of the game Children all sit in a circle .

We sit in a circle in anxious anticipation.

square

The attraction of the concept was that it allowed him to square a number of circles at once.

This squaring of the circle is the hardest of their tasks.

There is no sureness of touch, no deft ability to square circles as and when required.

This is as difficult as trying to square a circle .

Where are the leaders who can square this vicious circle ?

The only way of squaring the circle to Moscow's satisfaction would be to send in troops.

On his last point, Labour has manifestly failed to square the circle .

Britain, ever the Atlanticist, tried to square the circle , and usually failed.

stand

They were both good dancers and gradually the other couples drifted off the floor and stood in a circle watching them.

Each fills her bucket and comes to stand in a circle around me.

Next, long white streamers tied into an intricate pattern in the centre were handed to various women standing in the circle .

Jody stands outside the circle , watching and listening.

BThe children begin by standing in a circle , holding hands.

The mourners stood in a circle on the sand, three hundred yards down from the parking lot.

The embarrassed nomes stood around in a circle .

Brownies stand in a circle facing inwards with their legs apart.

turn

Now his fortunes are poised to turn full circle again.

Now the pattern has turned full circle .

She turned in a complete circle .

The wheel has turned full circle in the past 25 years.

Sadly events have turned full circle and those who defended the university then must do so again.

Thus the wheel had turned full circle .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

come/go/turn full circle

A manufacturer of sun care products has just issued a report showing that the view on tanning has come full circle.

Now his fortunes are poised to turn full circle again.

Now the pattern has turned full circle.

Only a classic endures, and sooner or later the fashion comes full circle.

The neo-colonial wheel has almost come full circle.

The wheel has turned full circle in the past 25 years.

Thus the research has come full circle.

Today, society has evolved and the wheel has come full circle.

describe a circle/an arc etc

Chen saw the knife describe an arc through the air and felt himself flinch.

in polite society/circles/company

You can't use words like that in polite company.

Her passion for natural history became increasingly fashionable in polite society during the 17605.

In the good old days of rampant dualism, the mind was rarely mentioned in polite society.

It was not the sort of thing you did in polite company.

It was obvious from the scenes that such behavior did not belong in polite society.

Trevor Proby is another, of course, but his notables should not be discussed in polite company.

With sad paradox, Mr Punch himself became the man in the Bateman cartoon, unwelcome in polite company.

inner circle

But the vortex fills as he nears its inner circle.

He is not one of the inner circle, and does not know where his orders came from.

His decision was upheld by nearly every senior official in his inner circle.

Hubbell, part of the Clintons' inner circle, is intimately familiar with their financial affairs.

In fact, several guidebooks were conspiracies to conceal this information, and repel invaders from outside the initiated inner circle.

Morris's ideas still provoke tension in the Clinton White House, even if Morris is absent from the inner circle.

The inner circle represents activities that are accepted as sport in all countries and fulfil all of Rodgers' criteria.

The intrigue, if one existed, was worthy of the inner circle of the Imperial court on far distant Knossos.

magic circle

Occultists also claim to cast out demons affecting or possessing one of their number, and even friends outside their magic circles.

Perhaps deities were transported in ships to describe a magic circle of divine protection round the whole island.

move in ... circles/society/world

ACCORDING to acquaintances who move in the twilight world of Private Eye, the satirical magazine is hoping for a Conservative victory.

As if they would move in the same circles.

He moved in exalted circles - and was ambitious for greater things.

I thought I could move in the world of all possible lights, and breathe, breathe, breathe.

In the 1980s there has been a general move in museum education circles towards active learning experiences on site.

It was a pleasing thought, that I might soon be moving in more exalted circles.

Tanya insists on moving in many circles and, above all, on thinking for herself.

We move in the same circles.

square the circle

Britain, ever the Atlanticist, tried to square the circle, and usually failed.

On his last point, Labour has manifestly failed to square the circle.

The only way of squaring the circle to Moscow's satisfaction would be to send in troops.

the Antarctic Circle

the Arctic Circle

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a circle of chairs

By 1920 she had written two novels, and had succeeded in winning recognition in literary circles.

Cut the dough into several small circles.

Draw a circle around the right answer.

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

It was the 1960s, and the military had become unpopular among academic and intellectual circles.

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.

The teacher drew a circle on the blackboard.

This circle is 4 inches in diameter.

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

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Calling circles give discounts when you call other customers of the same long-distance carrier you have.

Hippie dips, or hot pots, are circles of rocks built around natural hot springs.

Over to your right in the distance, half-hidden by a fold of land, is a broken circle of stone monoliths.

The circles were there, perfectly.

The drawbacks of this relationship are its stolid dullness and its tendency to focus power in a small circle of people.

They had big half circles of pure white skin below.

We hold on to one another, an unsteady circle , and leave the room together.

Without a plan you will end up going in circles and wasting your life away.

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

round

We had our little mock boxing-matches, in my study, circling round the table as if it were a ring.

He swept down the gorge, circled round , and made a second pass at the Falls to lose altitude.

The aeroplane - quite a small one - was circling round far overhead.

Its engine is missing badly and it's circling round as if looking for a landing-place.

Those that are wounded and stunned will be consumed by the swordfish at leisure, circling round any that start to sink.

Thenceforth, it seems that everything is in ecstatic motion, and the church itself is circling round .

However, we sat round waiting patiently, and then a nasty-looking plane circled round.

We stood back in the shadows hypnotized by the flames and a family group circled round them.

slowly

The males responded by puffing up their chests and circling slowly towards each other.

He circled slowly and methodically up, holding his wings in a stiff, lacquered bow, never flapping, always soaring.

Keep your foot flexed and start slowly circling your right leg, at the same time bringing it up in the air.

Feet astride, knees flexed, bodies perfectly balanced, the two began circling slowly , eyes locked, watchful.

Slowly circle your right arm I forward, then up and behind.

Again they circled slowly , eyes locked, alert.

■ NOUN

bird

A pair of night birds circled above, the flapping of their wings and their eerie screeches penetrating the thickening mist.

And as I think this, I watch the birds circling in the sky.

earth

For most of the mission the orbiter will circle the Earth with the payload bay open and facing down towards the ground.

Placed at that single distance, moving at that speed, the object will continue to circle the Earth indefinitely.

globe

And he plans to keep running until he has circled the globe .

To make his vision a reality, Malamud has circled the globe , soliciting support from engineers, businessmen and officials.

helicopter

Now shipwreck looters brave a police helicopter circling overhead as they carry their spoils away by bicycle.

When critical habitat is designated, it does not mean federal agents in unmarked helicopters start circling private property.

Overhead the helicopter circled once more, making a black locust-shaped shadow on the sunlit turf of the plain.

plane

Together they sat and watched the plane circle .

As the plane circled in search of Dee Zed, the jump team was placed in position.

Then, as the plane began to circle above Moon Beach, her head drooped and tears fell into her lap.

However, we sat round waiting patiently, and then a nasty-looking plane circled round.

As they did so, the plane circled lower.

We catch sight of a small plane circling the mountain.

wagon

Instead, leaders increasingly see it as their job to circle the wagons .

There is the natural tendency, too, for players to circle the wagons in the locker room.

Everybody circled up like wagon trains around the bleach vats and wood room and even the goddamn lunch table.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

come/go/turn full circle

A manufacturer of sun care products has just issued a report showing that the view on tanning has come full circle.

Now his fortunes are poised to turn full circle again.

Now the pattern has turned full circle.

Only a classic endures, and sooner or later the fashion comes full circle.

The neo-colonial wheel has almost come full circle.

The wheel has turned full circle in the past 25 years.

Thus the research has come full circle.

Today, society has evolved and the wheel has come full circle.

in polite society/circles/company

You can't use words like that in polite company.

Her passion for natural history became increasingly fashionable in polite society during the 17605.

In the good old days of rampant dualism, the mind was rarely mentioned in polite society.

It was not the sort of thing you did in polite company.

It was obvious from the scenes that such behavior did not belong in polite society.

Trevor Proby is another, of course, but his notables should not be discussed in polite company.

With sad paradox, Mr Punch himself became the man in the Bateman cartoon, unwelcome in polite company.

inner circle

But the vortex fills as he nears its inner circle.

He is not one of the inner circle, and does not know where his orders came from.

His decision was upheld by nearly every senior official in his inner circle.

Hubbell, part of the Clintons' inner circle, is intimately familiar with their financial affairs.

In fact, several guidebooks were conspiracies to conceal this information, and repel invaders from outside the initiated inner circle.

Morris's ideas still provoke tension in the Clinton White House, even if Morris is absent from the inner circle.

The inner circle represents activities that are accepted as sport in all countries and fulfil all of Rodgers' criteria.

The intrigue, if one existed, was worthy of the inner circle of the Imperial court on far distant Knossos.

magic circle

Occultists also claim to cast out demons affecting or possessing one of their number, and even friends outside their magic circles.

Perhaps deities were transported in ships to describe a magic circle of divine protection round the whole island.

the Antarctic Circle

the Arctic Circle

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

As we walked along the beach, I could see seagulls circling above the cliffs.

Glenn circled the date on his calendar.

Helicopters circled overhead, trying to get pictures of the crime scene.

Helicopters circled overhead.

Kelly hit the ball over the fence and circled the bases.

We all looked towards the sky where the vultures were circling.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

And then I saw a bee circling my head and I could not move.

Before leaving, we lowered one of our motorboats to circle the area.

He circled slowly and methodically up, holding his wings in a stiff, lacquered bow, never flapping, always soaring.

Her arms circled his neck, as the words roared unstoppably inside her head.

Instead, leaders increasingly see it as their job to circle the wagons.

The birds flew up noisily, circled, and then they came down and settled in another tree not far away.

You were both circling like gladiators.

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