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  1. cir·cle
    IPA[ˈsərk(ə)l]
  2. noun

    • 1. a round plane figure whose boundary (the circumference) consists of points equidistant from a fixed point (the center):

      draw a circle with a compass
    • 2. something in the shape of a circle:

      the lamp spread a circle of light they all sat around in a circle
    • 3. a dark circular mark below each eye caused by illness or tiredness:

      she was pale and rather beautiful, with dark circles around deep, exhausted eyes
    • 4. a curved upper tier of seats in a theater:

      she sat in the front row of the circle
    • 5. a group of people with shared professions, interests, or acquaintances:

      she did not normally move in such exalted circles

    verb

    • 1. move all the way around (someone or something), especially more than once:

      we circled around the island the two dogs circle each other with hackles raised
      Synonym : wheel, move around, move around in circles, revolve, rotate, whirl, spiral, gyrate, go around, walk around, travel around, circumnavigate, orbit, revolve around, circumambulate
    • 2. move in a wide loop back toward one's starting point:

      he paced away from her, then circled back
    • 3. form a ring around:

      the monastery was circled by a huge wall
      Synonym : surround, encircle, ring, ring around, enclose, encompass, bound, hedge in, fence in, hem in, gird, girdle
    • 4. draw a line around:

      circle the correct answers
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: circle, plural noun: circles

    • noun

      a round plane figure whose boundary (the circumference) consists of points equidistant from a fixed point (the centre):

      something in the shape of a circle:

    • verb

      move all the way around (someone or something), especially more than once:

      move in a wide loop back towards one's starting point:

    • the parallel of latitude 66° 33ʹ north of the equator. It marks the northernmost point at which the sun is visible on the northern winter solstice and the southernmost point at which the midnight sun can be seen on the northern summer solstice.
    • the parallel of latitude 66° 33ʹ south of the equator. It marks the southernmost point at which the sun is visible on the southern winter solstice and the northernmost point at which the midnight sun can be seen on the southern summer solstice.
    • noun

      an exclusive group close to the center of power of an organization or movement, regarded as elitist and secretive:
    • noun

      a group of people playing drums together in a unified rhythm while sitting or standing in a circle:
    • noun

      a group of employees that meets regularly to consider ways of resolving problems and improving production in their organization.
    • noun

      an imaginary circle concentric to a toothed wheel, along which the pitch of the teeth is measured.
    • noun

      a period in the school day when young children gather in a circle to participate in a guided discussion or group activity:
    • noun

      a great circle of the celestial sphere whose diameter runs from zenith to nadir.
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