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circular measure

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noun
  1. a measurement system for circles: 1 circle = 360 degrees (4 quadrants); 1 quadrant = 90 degrees; 1 degree = 60 minutes; 1 minute = 60 seconds.

Origin of circular measure

First recorded in 1870–75
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British Dictionary definitions for circular measure

circular measure

noun
  1. the measurement of an angle in radians
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