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circle US English

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

circle US Thesaurus

a circle of gold stars

crop circle US English

An area of standing crops that 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 of the circles are known to have been hoaxes

Arctic Circle US English

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

circle dance US English

A country dance or folk dance, typically following a traditional set of steps, in which dancers form a circle

circle graph US English

Another term for pie chart.

dress circle US English

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

family circle US English

The members of a family, regarded as a group

great circle US English

A circle on the surface of a sphere that lies in a plane passing through the sphere’s center. 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 US English

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

magic circle US English

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

pitch circle US English

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

small circle US English

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

stone circle US 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 US English

The tier of seats in a theatre above the dress circle

Vienna Circle US 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 US 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 US English

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

striking circle US 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 US English

A road junction at which traffic moves in one direction around a central island

transit circle US English

Another term for meridian circle.

turning circle US English

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

vertical circle US English

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

vicious circle US 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 US English

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

winner's circle US 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

vicious circle US Thesaurus

but if I bring Mr. Raines the foods he asks for, he blames me for not serving healthier meals—it's a vicious circle

Antarctic Circle US 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 US English

(Of a group) unite in defense of a common interest

come full circle US English

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

square the circle US English

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

circle back in circle US English

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

the wheel has turned full circle US English

The situation has returned to what it was in the past, as if completing a cycle

Magic Circle in magic circle US English

(In the UK) a society of conjurors

semicircle US English

A half of a circle or of its circumference

come full circle in circle US English

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

circle the wagons in circle US English

(Of a group) unite in defense of a common interest

square the circle in square US English

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

equinoctial US English

Happening at or near the time of an equinox

come or turn full circle in circle US English

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

the wheel has turned full circle in circle US English

The situation has returned to what it was in the past, as if completing a cycle

the wheel has turned or come full circle in circle US English

The situation has returned to what it was in the past, as if completing a cycle


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