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.
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For travelers like me circumscribed by the pandemic, aromas offer the chance to revisit cherished journeys.Aromas can evoke beloved journeys — or voyages not yet taken|Jen Rose Smith|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
Such is the unbearable situation created in a culture quick to judge, to expel and especially to circumscribe the lives of women.‘Burnt Sugar,’ a challenging Booker Prize finalist, is hard to take, but harder to shake off|Ron Charles|January 19, 2021|Washington Post
The youngest presidents tended to think more clearly about policies that would benefit future generations, and were less circumscribed by longstanding norms and prejudices.
Their opponents accepted the issue, and resolved to circumscribe the duke's inordinate powers.History of the Rise of the Huguenots|Henry Baird
It is my wish to state it with precision and circumscribe its limits here at the very start.Mysterious Psychic Forces|Camille Flammarion
A new spirit has now gone abroad which no walls can bound or circumscribe.Revisiting the Earth|James Langdon Hill
This finally came to be so urgent that it even involved an effort to circumscribe the futile activities.The Ordeal|Charles Egbert Craddock
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