- (formerly) the orbit of a heavenly body.
- meridian circle.
verb (used with object), cir·cled, cir·cling.
verb (used without object), cir·cled, cir·cling.
- (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
Synonyms for circle
Related Words for circlesphere, ring, school, crowd, club, company, camp, society, fraternity, clique, party, class, encircle, rotate, surround, whirl, perimeter, revolution, globe, circus
Examples from the Web for circle
Contemporary Examples of circle
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
It caused people to drive around all night in a circle, and not eat.The Renegade: Robert Downey Sr. on His Classic Films, Son’s Battle with Drugs, and Bill Cosby
November 26, 2014
In “Back Home,” Gil also revisits the nostalgia for the South explored in his Johns Hopkins thesis, “Circle of Stone.”‘The Prince of Chocolate City’: When Gil Scott-Heron Became A Music Icon
November 15, 2014
We arrange ourselves in a circle on metal foldout chairs and a futon.A Shooting on a Tribal Land Uncovers Feds Running Wild
August 26, 2014
Cast of beloved musical classes up mass transit with a capella ‘Circle of Life’Viral Video of the Day: 'Lion King' Cast Takes Broadway to Subway
August 8, 2014
Historical Examples of circle
And then, by chance, the circle of Andy's sight embraced the body of a horseman.
When we get to the circle of 'em, because they're all round the cabin, we'll drive at 'em together.
He sat in the midst of a circle of lamplighters, and was the cacique, or chief of the tribe.The Lamplighter
Such questions were always a signal for an unlocking of tongues around the circle.
I've run in a circle, Allister, and now I'm back to make one of you, if you still want me.
Word Origin for circle
c.1300, "figure of a circle," from Old French cercle "circle, ring (for the finger); hoop of a helmet or barrel" (12c.), from Latin circulus "circular figure; small ring, hoop; circular orbit" (also source of Italian cerchio), diminutive of circus "ring" (see circus).
Replaced Old English trendel and hring. Late Old English used circul, from Latin, but only in an astronomical sense. Meaning "group of persons surrounding a center of interest" is from 1714 (it also was a secondary sense of Latin circulus); that of "coterie" is from 1640s (a sense also found in Latin circulus). To come full circle is in Shakespeare.
late 14c., cerclen, "to shape like a globe," also "to encompass or surround," from circle (n.). From c.1400 as "to set in a circular pattern;" mid-15c. as "to move in a circle." Related: Circled; circling. To circle the wagons, figuratively, "assume an alert defensive stance" is from 1969, from old Western movies.
see full circle; go around (in circles); run around (in circles); run rings (circles) around; vicious circle.