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small circle Line breaks: small cir¦cle

Definition of small circle in English:


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.
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