- to draw a line around; encircle: to circumscribe a city on a map.
- to enclose within bounds; limit or confine, especially narrowly: Her social activities are circumscribed by school regulations.
- to mark off; define; delimit: to circumscribe the area of a science.
- to draw (a figure) around another figure so as to touch as many points as possible.
- (of a figure) to enclose (another figure) in this manner.
Origin of circumscribe
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for circumscribed
Much like Jamie, he acknowledges—but will not capitulate to—the circumscribed world they create.This Week’s Hot Reads: December 22, 2014
December 22, 2014
It took practice to learn how to be productive in these circumscribed blocks but, over time, I developed some rules.Wired Executives Find that Disconnecting Can Help Spur Creativity
October 19, 2013
The church lands needed to be circumscribed and described before they could be sold.The Manhattan Project: The Legacy of John Randel Jr.
February 21, 2013
There are real advantages to knowing that your time in the Senate is short and circumscribed.Senator Today, Gone Tomorrow: Mo Cowan Joins Senate Short-Termers Club
February 8, 2013
Others settle into one, circumscribed geographic area and make it their own.Best New Writers
August 16, 2010
Besides this its power of flotation—suspension in the air—is circumscribed.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
He could not work, and the walks he could take were circumscribed.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Her life had been circumscribed, her experiences of a simple sort.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
The limited opportunities of small states have circumscribed his information.Nuts and Nutcrackers
Charles James Lever
It is not darkened and circumscribed by the dusty notions of the clubs.Waiting for Daylight
Henry Major Tomlinson
- to restrict within limits
- to mark or set the bounds of
- to draw a geometric construction around (another construction) so that the two are in contact but do not intersectCompare inscribe (def. 4)
- to draw a line round
Word Origin and History for circumscribed
- Bounded by a line; limited or confined.
- To draw a figure around another figure so as to touch as many points as possible. A circle that is circumscribed around a triangle touches it at each of the triangle's three vertices.