Definition of small circle in English:

small circle

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  • A circle on the surface of a sphere whose plane does not pass through the sphere’s centre.
    More 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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