# circumference

[ser-kuhm-fer-uhns]

### noun

the outer boundary, especially of a circular area; perimeter: the circumference of a circle.

the length of such a boundary: a one-mile circumference.

the area within a bounding line: the vast circumference of his mind.

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## RELATED WORDS

girth, ambit, outline, extremity, margin, fringe, confines, rim, lip, periphery, circuit, compass, boundary, border, verge

## Origin of circumference

## Synonyms for circumference

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Draw a diagram representing the circumference line and pitch in feet.

Flying MachinesW.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

Melville is an island of more than a mile in circumference, with low, rocky shores.

Ned MyersJames Fenimore Cooper

From points near the circumference these circles or curves are very small.

Draw a few straight lines, from the centre to the circumference of a circle.

Modern Painters Volume I (of V)John Ruskin

The diameter is then multiplied by 3.1416 to obtain the circumference.

Boys' Book of Model BoatsRaymond Francis Yates

## circumference

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## Word Origin for circumference

C14: from Old French circonference, from Latin circumferre to carry around, from circum- + ferre to bear

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## circumference

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## circumference

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