- 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
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin circumscrībere, equivalent to circum- circum- + scrībere to write
Synonyms for circumscribe
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Examples from the Web for uncircumscribed
Historical Examples of uncircumscribed
These are they whose levitations are uncircumscribed, who moveth by Desire and where they listeth.The Gay Gnani of Gingalee
- 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
C15: from Latin circumscrībere, from circum- + scrībere to write
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- 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.
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