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circumscribe

[ sur-kuhm-skrahyb, sur-kuhm-skrahyb ]
/ 藞s蓽r k蓹m藢skra瑟b, 藢s蓽r k蓹m藞skra瑟b /
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verb (used with object), cir路cum路scribed, cir路cum路scrib路ing.
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.
Geometry.
  1. to draw (a figure) around another figure so as to touch as many points as possible.
  2. (of a figure) to enclose (another figure) in this manner.
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Origin of circumscribe

1350鈥1400; Middle English <Latin circumscr墨bere, equivalent to circum-circum- + scr墨bere to write

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British Dictionary definitions for circumscribe

circumscribe
/ (藢s蓽藧k蓹m藞skra瑟b, 藞s蓽藧k蓹m藢skra瑟b) /

verb (tr)
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 intersectCompare inscribe (def. 4)
to draw a line round

Derived forms of circumscribe

circumscribable, adjectivecircumscriber, noun

Word Origin for circumscribe

C15: from Latin circumscr墨bere, from circum- + scr墨bere to write
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Scientific definitions for circumscribe

circumscribe
[ s没rk蓹m-skr墨b鈥 ]

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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