small circle


noun

a circle on a sphere, the plane of which does not pass through the center of the sphere.Compare great circle(def 1).

Origin of small circle

First recorded in 1870–75
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British Dictionary definitions for small circle

small circle


noun

a circular section of a sphere that does not contain the centre of the sphereCompare great circle
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