verb (used with object), cir·cum·scribed, cir·cum·scrib·ing.
- to draw (a figure) around another figure so as to touch as many points as possible.
- (of a figure) to enclose (another figure) in this manner.
Origin of circumscribe
Examples from the Web for circumscribe
Of a simple and solid edifice, it is not easy, however, to circumscribe the duration.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
I know what you mean, but I do not intend to allow any duty to circumscribe my art.The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop|Hamlin Garland
It has also been deemed desirable to circumscribe the two round towers of the south west Transept with iron bands.Ely Cathedral|Anonymous
No hood was placed to shelter the King's head and at the same time to hide and circumscribe its fall.The Memoirs of Victor Hugo|Victor Hugo
He showed some symptoms of a wish to circumscribe the Middle Ages—to stint them of colour and romance.A Likely Story|William De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for circumscribe
Word Origin for circumscribe
Word Origin and History for circumscribe
late 14c., from Latin circumscribere "to make a circle around, encircle, draw a line around; limit, restrain, confine, set the boundaries of," from circum- "around" (see circum-) + scribere "write" (see script (n.)). Related: Circumscribed; circumscribing.