Definition of small circle in English:

Share this entry

small circle


A circle on the surface of a sphere whose plane does not pass through the sphere’s centre.
Example sentences
  • A great circle at right angles to a small circle passes through the pole.
  • The game involves comparing small circles with larger circles and may have provided the motivation for the area formula.
  • A small circle is quite as infinite as a large circle; but, though it is quite as infinite, it is not so large.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: small cir¦cle

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.