Meaning of CIRCLE in English


Pronunciation: ' s ə r-k ə l

Function: noun

Usage: often attrib

Etymology: Middle English cercle, from Anglo-French, from Latin circulus, diminutive of circus circle, circus, from or akin to Greek krikos, kirkos ring; akin to Old English hring ring ― more at RING

Date: 14th century

1 a : RING , HALO b : a closed plane curve every point of which is equidistant from a fixed point within the curve c : the plane surface bounded by such a curve

2 archaic : the orbit of a celestial body

3 : something in the form of a circle or section of a circle: as a : DIADEM b : an instrument of astronomical observation the graduated limb of which consists of an entire circle c : a balcony or tier of seats in a theater d : a circle formed on the surface of a sphere by the intersection of a plane that passes through it < circle of latitude> e : ROTARY 2

4 : an area of action or influence : REALM

5 a : CYCLE , ROUND <the wheel has come full circle > b : fallacious reasoning in which something to be demonstrated is covertly assumed

6 : a group of persons sharing a common interest or revolving about a common center <the sewing circle of her church> <family circle > <the gossip of court circle s >

7 : a territorial or administrative division or district

8 : a curving side street


Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.