- 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 circularity
Fans will argue that Mad Men's circularity is one of its greatest strengths.Mad Men’s Dramatic Déjà Vu: ‘Time Zones’ Feels Redundant
April 14, 2014
But the circularity was evidently the effect of foreshortening.The Book of the Damned
It is this circularity that makes it essential to assume some innate faculty of "taste."The Man of Taste
Beauty is Nature in perfection; circularity is its chief attribute.The Voice of the City
A hut is constructed with loose stones, ranged for the most part with some tendency to circularity.A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland
The circularity of section is at first stable, but as the shrinkage proceeds the stability diminishes and at length vanishes.Darwin and Modern Science
A.C. Seward and Others
- 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 circularity
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.