- cir•cle[[t]ˈsɜr kəl[/t]] n. v. -cled, -cling1) math. a closed plane curve consisting of all points at a given distance from a point within it called the center2) math. the portion of a plane bounded by such a curve3) any circular or ringlike object, formation, or arrangement:a circle of dancers[/ex]4) a ring, circlet, or crown5) the ring of a circus6) sbz a section of seats in a theaterCompare dress circle,family circle7) the area within which something acts, exerts influence, etc.; realm; sphere:a wide circle of influence[/ex]8) a series ending where it began or forming a connected whole; cycle9) pho an argument ostensibly proving a conclusion but actually assuming the conclusion as a premise; vicious circle10) a number of persons bound by a common tie; coterie:a circle of friends[/ex]11) gov an administrative division, esp. of a province12) geo a parallel of latitude13) a sphere or orb:the circle of the earth[/ex]14) to enclose in a circle; encircle:Circle the correct answer[/ex]15) to rotate or revolve around:He circled the house cautiously[/ex]16) to bypass; evade:The ship carefully circled the iceberg[/ex]17) to move in a circle or circuit•Etymology: 1275–1325; ME cercle < OF < L circulus=circ(us) (see circus) +-ulus -ule cir′cler, n.
From formal English to slang. 2014.