- (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.
- circassian walnut,
- circinate retinopathy,
- circle absorption anesthesia,
- circle graph,
- circle jerk,
- circle of confusion,
- circle of convergence
- (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
Examples from the Web for circle
Not before long, I think about four cops went up to the circle and just grabbed a few of the people from behind.
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|Marlow Stern|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marcus Baram|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We arrange ourselves in a circle on metal foldout chairs and a futon.A Shooting on a Tribal Land Uncovers Feds Running Wild|Caitlin Dickson|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Alex Chancey|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the mouth of the sack was a fortunate piece of cord, threaded through a circle of ragged holes.The House by the River|A. P. Herbert
It was a perfect lagoon island, consisting of a circle of land of a light clay colour, the lagoon of a beautiful blue tint.The Cruise of the Dainty|William H. G. Kingston
Touched with her troubles, a circle of generous spirits contributed a large sum to her relief.The Young Maiden|A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
If she can tell stories well, she might form a circle of children to attend a children's hour.The Canadian Girl at Work|Marjory MacMurchy
The benches were arranged in a circle running up from a small pit.The Young Pitcher|Zane Grey
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.