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 circumscribed
Much like Jamie, he acknowledges—but will not capitulate to—the circumscribed world they create.
It took practice to learn how to be productive in these circumscribed blocks but, over time, I developed some rules.Wired Executives Find that Disconnecting Can Help Spur Creativity|Beth Comstock|October 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The church lands needed to be circumscribed and described before they could be sold.The Manhattan Project: The Legacy of John Randel Jr.|Kevin Canfield|February 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
There are real advantages to knowing that your time in the Senate is short and circumscribed.Senator Today, Gone Tomorrow: Mo Cowan Joins Senate Short-Termers Club|David Freedlander|February 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Others settle into one, circumscribed geographic area and make it their own.
The wind increased every instant, low heavily laden clouds bounded the horizon, circumscribed to a couple of miles.The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader|W.H.G. Kingston
The finite person is an intellect, sensibility, and will; but these are circumscribed by innumerable limitations.
It is no sandy plain, nor any circumscribed and scant oasis I seem to realize.Shirley|Charlotte Bront
A callosity is a circumscribed thickening of the stratum cornium.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry|Maximilian Stern
How simple and circumscribed must be the necessities of a people who can sustain themselves upon such earnings!Aztec Land|Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for circumscribed
Word Origin for circumscribe
Word Origin and History for circumscribed
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.