to draw a line around; encircle: to circumscribe a city on a map.
to enclose within bounds; limit or confine, especially narrowly: Her social activities are circumscribed by school regulations.
to mark off; define; delimit: to circumscribe the area of a science.
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.
- cir·cum·scrib·a·ble, adjective
- cir·cum·scrib·er, noun
- non·cir·cum·scribed, adjective
- un·cir·cum·scrib·a·ble, adjective
- un·cir·cum·scribed, adjective
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How to use circumscribe in a sentence
So when the pandemic hit, he felt determined to do more than just ensure the survival of his restaurant — he wanted to embed more deeply in the neighborhood, albeit from within the tightly circumscribed framework of fine dining.Does It Get Better For the Indie Fine Dining Restaurant? | Sara Sheridan | July 22, 2021 | Eater
This kind of effect on memory is likely to be short term and circumscribed to the information the subjects saved onto the device.Reports of a Baleful Internet Are Greatly Exaggerated - Issue 104: Harmony | Brian Gallagher | July 21, 2021 | Nautilus
There is the man, who scared the living hell out of me, but the rage was about growing up in a world circumscribed by the reality of race.
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
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
British Dictionary definitions for circumscribe
to restrict within limits
to mark or set the bounds of
to draw a geometric construction around (another construction) so that the two are in contact but do not intersect: Compare inscribe (def. 4)
to draw a line round
- circumscribable, adjective
- circumscriber, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for circumscribe
To draw a figure around another figure so as to touch as many points as possible. A circle that is circumscribed around a triangle touches it at each of the triangle's three vertices.
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