a bookbinding having soft edges that project beyond and fold over the edges of the pages to protect them.
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Origin of circuit binding
An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
Also called divinity circuit, yapp, yapp binding.
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British Dictionary definitions for circuit binding
a style of limp-leather binding, used esp for Bibles and prayer books, in which the edges of the cover bend over to protect the edges of the pages
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