- having the form of a circle; round: a circular tower.
- of or relating to a circle: a circular plane.
- moving in or forming a circle or a circuit: the circular rotation of the earth.
- moving or occurring in a cycle or round: the circular succession of the seasons.
- roundabout; indirect; circuitous: a circular route.
- Logic. of or relating to reasoning in which the conclusion is ostensibly proved, but in actuality it or its equivalent has been assumed as a premise.
- pertaining to a circle or set of persons.
- (of a letter, memorandum, etc.) addressed to a number of persons or intended for general circulation.
- a letter, advertisement, notice, or statement for circulation among the general public.
Origin of circular
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Examples from the Web for circular
She reassumed slave posture while Couple grabbed two magnetized clamps and a collection of circular magnets from a nearby shelf.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
Steve Garth, who works in Circular Quay, was inside the Cartier jewelry store near the café when the siege began.Jihadi Siege in Sydney Ends in Gunfight
Courtney Subramanian, Lennox Samuels, Chris Allbritton
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In the background, you can see two movers rolling out a large, circular blue ISIS sign.‘Archer’ Drops ISIS: The FX Series Dumps the Spy Org’s Name in Light of Recent Events
October 11, 2014
We start to argue some points but they are overly defensive and their answers are circular.Our Trip to The Climate War's Ground Zero
September 19, 2014
The circular trade exchange building features murals which date back to 1889.Paris’s Secret Fashion Week Haunts
July 8, 2014
Circular windows at this period came into vogue in the gables of churches.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
Fore and aft were circular partitions of steel, like drumheads.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
What if the orbit of Darwinism should be a little too circular?The Origin of Species
Thomas H. Huxley
In this case the connecting-rod R is made in a circular piece.
It consists of a circular piece of brass drilled out, as shown.
- of, involving, resembling, or shaped like a circle
- (of arguments) futile because the truth of the premises cannot be established independently of the conclusion
- travelling or occurring in a cycle
- (of letters, announcements, etc) intended for general distribution
- a printed or duplicated advertisement or notice for mass distribution
Word Origin and History for circular
late 14c., from Anglo-French circuler, Old French circuler "circular" (14c., Modern French circulaire), from Latin circularis, from circulus (see circle (n.)). The metaphoric circular firing squad is attested by 1990.
1550s, "circular figure," from circular (adj.). Meaning "a notice circulated" is from 1818.