[hem-i-sahy-kuh l]


a semicircle.
a semicircular structure.

Origin of hemicycle

1595–1605; < French hémicycle < Latin hēmicyclium < Greek hēmikýklion See hemi-, cycle
Related formshem·i·cy·clic [hem-i-sahy-klik, -sik-lik] /ˌhɛm ɪˈsaɪ klɪk, -ˈsɪk lɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples of hemicycle

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

    Old Rome

    Robert Burn

  • Our host laughed back; then, with a serious air, Looked around him on our hemicycle, where He sat midway of it.

    The Daughter of the Storage

    William Dean Howells

  • Then to the upper part of this second cord they apply on its lower side the broad part of a hemicycle.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

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

  • Within this hemicycle lie the waters of Minas, bounded on the north by the horizon-line, the clouds and the sky.


    Frederic S. Cozzens

British Dictionary definitions for hemicycle



a semicircular structure, room, arena, wall, etc
a rare word for semicircle
Derived Formshemicyclic (ˌhɛmɪˈsaɪklɪk, -ˈsɪk-), adjective
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