- (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 circling
The whir of the circling NYPD helicopter muffled their chants calling for unity and calling out police brutality.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC|M.L. Nestel|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They envisioned warriors lost in battle, and women who died in childbirth, as honored spirits, circling the sun like hummingbirds.
Congressional Republicans have been circling ever since like sharks trying to get at bloody meat.This Sexy Thriller Is Just the Document the Benghazi Commission Needs|Christopher Dickey|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At one point, John Woo was circling to direct it, but then the big divorce happened with Miramax and Disney, and it went away.Kevin Smith's Marijuanaissance: On 'Tusk,' 'Falling Out' with Ben Affleck, and 20 Years of 'Clerks'|Marlow Stern|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Jaded by endless political defeats, the Christian right is circling the wagons and cutting off those who compromise.
After a short while I saw several Englishmen circling over P.An Aviator's Field Book|Oswald Blcke
Suddenly the surface of the water was disturbed by a hundred circling ripples, in the centre of which appeared a small dark spot.
Danglar had pulled out his watch and with exaggerated patience was circling the crystal with his thumb.The White Moll|Frank L. Packard
The helicopter was circling now over the men riding into a cut between two rises.The Defiant Agents|Andre Alice Norton
Disturbed for a moment they rose lazily, and circling about the spot settled again to their carrion feast.Due West|Maturin Murray Ballou
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.