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circle

cir·cle

circle

 
 
pronunciation:
suhr kl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a closed curve along which every point is the same distance from a fixed center point.
It's hard to draw a perfect circle without a compass.
synonyms:
ring, roundel
similar words:
aureole, ball, cincture, circlet, circuit, corona, disk, globe, halo, hoop, round, wheel, wreath
definition 2: any arrangement in the shape of a ring or circle.
The children sat in a circle at story time.
synonyms:
annulus, ring, round
similar words:
ball, circlet, halo, wheel, wreath
definition 3: a group of people united by kinship or by common interests or goals.
the family circlea sewing circle
synonyms:
clan, crowd, group, society
similar words:
association, bunch, clique, club, company, coterie, fellowship, fraternity, gang, knot, ring, school
definition 4: the people and activities of a defined social or professional context.
literary circles
synonyms:
domain, field, province, sphere
similar words:
arena, bailiwick, circuit, orbit, realm
definition 5: a process or series of events that ends where it started, esp. such a process or series that repeats itself; cycle.
the annual circle of the seasons
synonyms:
cycle
similar words:
course, revolution, rotation, round, sequence, series
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: circled, circles, circling
definition 1: to enclose within a circle.
The shark circled its prey before attacking.
synonyms:
encircle, ring, surround
similar words:
belt, circumscribe, enclose, encompass, envelop, environ, gird, girdle, loop, rim
definition 2: to move around, as in a circle.
The dancers circled the stage.We circled Chicago for a long time before our plane could land.
synonyms:
circuit, circumnavigate
similar words:
loop, round
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to move around in a circle or circles.
The hawk circled.
synonyms:
reel
similar words:
circuit, loop, pirouette, pivot, revolve, ring, rotate, round, turn, wheel, whirl, wind
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