circle meaning

[ 'sə:kl ] Pronunciation:   "circle" in a sentence
  • Noun: circle  surkul
    1. 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" 
    2. An unofficial association of people or groups
      - set, band, lot 
    3. Something approximating the shape of a circle
      "the chairs were arranged in a circle" 
    4. Movement once around a course
      - lap, circuit 
    5. A road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island
      - traffic circle, rotary, roundabout [Brit] 
    6. Street names for flunitrazepam
      - R-2, Mexican valium, rophy, rope, roofy, roach, forget me drug 
    7. A curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theatre or opera house; usually the first tier above the orchestra
      "they had excellent seats in the dress circle"
      - dress circle 
    8. Any circular or rotating mechanism
      "the machine punched out metal circles"
      - round
    Verb: circle  surkul
    1. Travel around something
      "circle the globe" 
    2. Move in circles
      - circulate 
    3. Form a circle around
      - encircle

    Derived forms: circling, circles, circled

    See also: circular

    Type of: ellipse, flunitrazepam, form, go, junction, locomote, locomotion, move, oval, Rohypnol, rotating mechanism, seating, seating area, seating room, seats, shape, social group, travel

    Part of: house, road, route, theater [US], theatre

    Encyclopedia: Circle, AK Circle Circle, Alaska Circle, Montana Circle, MT

  • [Finance]
    Underwriters, actual or potential, often seek out and "circle" investor interest in a new issue before final pricing. The customer circled has basically made a commitment to purchase the issue if it is available at an agreed-upon price. If the actual price is other than that stipulated, the customer supposedly has first offer at the actual price.

  • [Medicine]
    a : a closed plane curve every point of which is equidistant from a fixed point within the curve
    b : the plane surface bounded by such a curve
    2 : something (as an anatomical part) in the form of a circle or section of a circle ‹an arterial circle› —see CIRCLE OF WILLIS


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  1. he keeps running around in circles every day.
  2. the plane circled the airport before landing.
  3. he should have been the sun of a circle.
  4. the luncheon table showed a depleted circle.
  5. a meridian is an imaginary circle.

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