- 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.
Origin of circumscribe
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Related Words for circumscribedelineate, encircle, bar, outline, trammel, girdle, bound, surround, hamper, restrict, define, restrain, enclose, limit, environ, confine, encompass, demarcate, prelimit
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Historical Examples of circumscribe
The first step to be taken must be to endeavour to circumscribe their limits.Beric the Briton
G. A. Henty
A new spirit has now gone abroad which no walls can bound or circumscribe.Revisiting the Earth
James Langdon Hill
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
It was his professed object to restrain Russia, and to circumscribe her limits.
To circumscribe their power a new army of Mamelukes was formed, called the Borgis.Caesar's Column
- 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
Word Origin for circumscribe
Word Origin and History 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.