- (formerly) the orbit of a heavenly body.
- meridian circle.
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Idioms about circle
- (in the early U.S. West) to form the wagons of a covered-wagon train into a circle for defensive purposes, as against Indian attack.
- Slang. to prepare for an all-out, unaided defensive fight: The company has circled the wagons since its market share began to decline.
Origin of circle
synonym study for circle
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What is a basic definition of circle?
In geometry, a circle is a perfectly round shape—meaning any point around its curve is the same distance from its central point. Circle commonly refers to anything that’s approximately shaped like this, even if it’s not a perfect circle in geometric terms. The letter O is a circle. As a verb, circle means to surround something or to move in a circular pattern. The word circle has several other senses as a noun and a verb.
In math, a circle is one of the shapes that a student will learn about when studying geometry. A circle resembles the letter O or the symbol for zero (0). A circle consists of a closed curved line around a central point. Every point on the line is the same distance from the central point. This distance to the center is called the radius. The outer line that encloses the circle (or the length of this line) is called the circumference.
Real-life example: A circle is a basic shape that’s typically taught to young children along with other simple shapes, such as triangles, squares, and rectangles.
Used in a sentence: The math teacher taught the students how to measure the circumference of a circle.
Outside of math, circle generally refers to any object, shape, or formation that resembles a ring. The adjective circular describes something that has the shape of a circle.
Real-life examples: Wedding rings, Hula-Hoops, Cheerios, and car tires are circles. Drum circles, poetry circles, and prayer circles involve people literally arranging themselves to form a ring shape. They can also be figurative circles, with people gathering in one place for a common purpose.
Used in a sentence: The children gathered in a circle around the litter of puppies.
As a verb, circle means to surround something or to enclose it in a circle.
Real-life example: Schoolchildren are often asked to circle the correct answer on a test.
Used in a sentence: The police officers circled the building so that every exit was covered.
Circle as a verb also means to move in a circle or a circular pattern around something.
Real-life example: Vultures and sharks often circle around things they are planning to eat.
Used in a sentence: She circled the house in search of her dropped car keys.
Where does circle come from?
The first records of circle come from before the year 1000. It comes from the Latin circulus, meaning “a circular figure” from circus, meaning “ring” or “circle.”
Yes, the English word circus shares an origin with circle. In ancient Rome, the word circus referred to a circular or oval-shaped arena where games, chariot races, and other events were held.
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What are some other forms related to circle?
- circler (noun)
- intercircle (verb)
- recircle (verb)
- uncircled (adjective)
What are some synonyms for circle?
What are some words that share a root or word element with circle?
What are some words that often get used in discussing circle?
How is circle used in real life?
Circles are common shapes and circle is a common word that can be used in many different contexts.
I say I want to be a graphic designer but I can barely draw a circle 💀💀
— ERIC DAY🥕 (@sungchansso) November 18, 2020
It’s amazing how much something as simple as putting desks in a circle changes the dynamic of a classroom and it’s discussions.
Physical space matters.
— Daniel Buck (@MrDanielBuck) November 23, 2020
Don't mind us…just circling Feb 1 on the calendar
— Sky Blue FC (@SkyBlueFC) November 18, 2020
Try using circle!
True or False?
If a dog is circling its food bowl, it is moving around it in a circular pattern.
How to use circle in a sentence
Unbeknownst to him, there was someone in his circle of friends paying extra close attention to Paul.A Welcome Lifeline|Washington Regional Transplant Community|September 17, 2020|Washington Blade
Von Spakovsky is highly influential in conservative circles.No Democrats Allowed: A Conservative Lawyer Holds Secret Voter Fraud Meetings With State Election Officials|by Mike Spies, Jake Pearson and Jessica Huseman|September 15, 2020|ProPublica
It’s unclear how ancestral Wichita people used council circles.Drones find signs of a Native American ‘Great Settlement’ beneath a Kansas pasture|Bruce Bower|September 10, 2020|Science News
In his 2005 book, Inside the Neolithic Mind, Lewis-Williams argues that a similar principle might explain other Neolithic monuments and cult buildings found in the Near East, such as the stone circles of Göbekli Tepe.An Ancient Site with Human Skulls on Display - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Jo Marchant|September 2, 2020|Nautilus
Inner groups of simulated stones obscured and scattered sounds reflected off the outer sarsen circle, blocking echo formation.Stonehenge enhanced sounds like voices or music for people inside the monument|Bruce Bower|August 31, 2020|Science News
So, Linklater just won Best Director by the New York Film Critics Circle.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Julio had come full circle and had returned to Cuba as a tourist in his own country.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar|Daniel Levin|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The girls ran in the same circle (Palmolive was also in the Flowers of Romance) and the group was looking for a guitarist.A First Lady of Punk Rock Talks|Justin Jones|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The RSD Facebook page, and all the local RSD groups, known as “inner circle,” have been switched to private.The Secret World of Pickup Artist Julien Blanc|Brandy Zadrozny|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not before long, I think about four cops went up to the circle and just grabbed a few of the people from behind.Dispatch From USC Protests over Ferguson|Maya Richard Craven|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Wharton and Louis had withdrawn their hands at the same instant they caught his eye; and the Duke turned into the circle.
It was the conversation of every circle; and discussed according to the dispositions, or views of the speakers.
We (the officers) were sitting in a circle round the general and Alcalde, both of whom appeared uneasy and anxious.
His books were read in our homes, often aloud to the family circle by paterfamilias, and moved us to laughter or tears.
A child's attempt to represent a man appears commonly to begin by drawing a sort of circle for the front view of the head.Children's Ways|James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for circle
Derived forms of circlecircler, noun
Word Origin for circle
Scientific definitions for circle
Other Idioms and Phrases with circle
see full circle; go around (in circles); run around (in circles); run rings (circles) around; vicious circle.