[ sur-kit ]
/ ˈsɜr kɪt /


verb (used with object)

to go or move around; make the circuit of.

verb (used without object)

to go or move in a circuit.

Nearby words

  1. circlet,
  2. circleville,
  3. circlip,
  4. circlorama,
  5. circs,
  6. circuit analyzer,
  7. circuit binding,
  8. circuit board,
  9. circuit breaker,
  10. circuit court


    ride circuit, Law. (of a judge) to travel a judicial county or district in order to conduct judicial proceedings.

Origin of circuit

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin circuitus, variant of circumitus circular motion, cycle, equivalent to circu(m)i-, variant stem of circu(m)īre to go round, circle (circum- circum- + īre to go) + -tus suffix of v. action; cf. ambit, exit1

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for circuit


/ (ˈsɜːkɪt) /



to make or travel in a circuit around (something)
Derived Formscircuital, adjective

Word Origin for circuit

C14: from Latin circuitus a going around, from circumīre, from circum around + īre to go

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Word Origin and History for circuit
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Science definitions for circuit


[ sûrkĭt ]

A closed path through which an electric current flows or may flow.♦ Circuits in which a power source is connected to two or more components (such as light bulbs, or logic gates in a computer circuit), one after the other, are called series circuits. If the circuit is broken, none of the components receives a current. Circuits in which a power source is directly connected to two or more components are called parallel circuits. If a break occurs in the circuit, only the component along whose path the break occurs stops receiving a current.
A system of electrically connected parts or devices.
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