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circle British & World English

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

circle English Thesaurus

a circle of gold stars on a background of azure blue

corn circle British & World English

Another term for crop circle.

crop circle British & World English

An area of standing crops which has been flattened in the form of a circle or more complex pattern. No general cause of crop circles has been identified although various natural and unorthodox explanations have been put forward; many are known to have been hoaxes

Arctic Circle British & World English

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

circle dance British & World English

A country dance or folk dance in which dancers form a circle

dress circle British & World English

The first level of seats above the ground floor in a theatre

family circle British & World English

The members of a family, regarded as a group

great circle British & World English

A circle on the surface of a sphere which lies in a plane passing through the sphere’s centre. As it represents the shortest distance between any two points on a sphere, a great circle of the earth is the preferred route taken by a ship or aircraft

inner circle British & World English

An exclusive group close to the centre of power of an organization or movement, regarded as elitist and secretive

magic circle British & World English

A small group of people privileged to receive confidential information or make important decisions

pitch circle British & World English

An imaginary circle concentric to a toothed wheel, along which the pitch of the teeth is measured

small circle British & World English

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

stone circle British & World English

A megalithic monument of a type found mainly in western Europe, consisting of stones, typically standing stones, arranged more or less in a circle

upper circle British & World English

The tier of seats in a theatre above the dress circle

Vienna Circle British & World English

A group of empiricist philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians active in Vienna from the 1920s until 1938, including Rudolf Carnap and Kurt Gödel. Their work laid the foundations of logical positivism

meridian circle British & World English

A telescope mounted so as to move only on a North-South line, for observing the transit of celestial objects across the meridian

quality circle British & World English

A group of employees who meet regularly to consider ways of resolving problems and improving production in their organization

striking circle British & World English

An elongated semicircle on a hockey field in front of the goal, from within which the ball must be hit in order to score

traffic circle British & World English

North American term for roundabout1noun1noun1noun.

transit circle British & World English

Another term for meridian circle.

turning circle British & World English

The smallest circle in which a vehicle or vessel can turn without reversing

vertical circle British & World English

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

vicious circle British & World English

A sequence of reciprocal cause and effect in which two or more elements intensify and aggravate each other, leading inexorably to a worsening of the situation

virtuous circle British & World English

A recurring cycle of events, the result of each one being to increase the beneficial effect of the next

winner's circle British & World English

A small circular area or enclosure at a racetrack where the winning horse and jockey are brought to receive their awards and have photographs taken

Antarctic Circle British & World English

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

circle the wagons British & World English

Unite in defence of a common interest

come full circle British & World English

Return to a past position or situation, especially in a way considered to be inevitable

square the circle British & World English

Construct a square equal in area to a given circle (a problem incapable of a purely geometrical solution)

circle back in circle British & World English

Move in a wide loop back towards one’s starting point

Magic Circle in magic circle British & World English

(In the UK) a society of conjurors

semicircle British & World English

A half of a circle or of its circumference

come full circle in circle British & World English

Return to a past position or situation, especially in a way considered to be inevitable

circle the wagons in circle British & World English

Unite in defence of a common interest

square the circle in square British & World English

Construct a square equal in area to a given circle (a problem incapable of a purely geometrical solution)

come or turn full circle in circle British & World English

Return to a past position or situation, especially in a way considered to be inevitable


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