[ hem-i-sahy-kuhl ]
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  1. a semicircle.

  2. a semicircular structure.

Origin of hemicycle

1595–1605; <French hémicycle<Latin hēmicyclium<Greek hēmikýklionSee hemi-, cycle

Other words from hemicycle

  • hem·i·cy·clic [hem-i-sahy-klik, -sik-lik], /ˌhɛm ɪˈsaɪ klɪk, -ˈsɪk lɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby hemicycle

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How to use hemicycle in a sentence

  • In the hemicycle the committee benches had disappeared; they had run parallel to the sections on the arc of a circle.

    The conquest of Rome | Matilde Serao
  • The hemicycle became the apse; the gallery, a clerestory; the hall, a central nave.

  • Above the terrace of the recesses, rose that of the hemicycle.

    Old Rome | Robert Burn
  • In the hemicycle above are the Virgin and Child under a Byzantine canopy with angels and founders on either side.

    The Story of Paris | Thomas Okey
  • His greatest work, however, and one which won him much fame, is his well-known hemicycle in the Beaux Arts (p. 319).

    The Story of Paris | Thomas Okey

British Dictionary definitions for hemicycle


/ (ˈhɛmɪˌsaɪkəl) /

  1. a semicircular structure, room, arena, wall, etc

  2. a rare word for semicircle

Derived forms of hemicycle

  • hemicyclic (ˌhɛmɪˈsaɪklɪk, -ˈsɪk-), adjective

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