Circumference

  • 1 circumference — circumference, perimeter, periphery, circuit, compass are comparable because all in their basic senses denote a continuous line enclosing an area or space. They differ, however, in the extent to which they retain this meaning and in the number… …

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  • 2 Circumference — Cir*cum fer*ence, n. [L. circumferentia.] [1913 Webster] 1. The line that goes round or encompasses a circular figure; a periphery. Millon. [1913 Webster] 2. A circle; anything circular. [1913 Webster] His ponderous shield . . . Behind him cast.… …

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  • 3 circumference — [sər kum′fər əns, sər kum′frəns] n. [ME < L circumferentia < circumferens, prp. of circumferre < circum, around + ferre, to carry, BEAR1] 1. the line bounding a circle, a rounded surface, or an area suggesting a circle: see CIRCLE 2. the …

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  • 4 Circumference — Cir*cum fer*ence, v. t. To include in a circular space; to bound. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 circumference — index ambit, border, contour (outline), margin (outside limit), outline (boundary), periphery, zone …

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  • 6 circumference — (n.) late 14c., from L. circumferentia, neuter plural of circumferens (loan translation of Gk. periphereia periphery, the line round a circular body, lit. a carrying round ), prp. of circumferre to lead round, take round, from circum around (see… …

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  • 7 circumference — [n] edge, perimeter ambit, border, boundary, bounds, circuit, compass, confines, extremity, fringe, girth, limits, lip, margin, outline, periphery, rim, verge; concept 484 Ant. inside, interior, middle …

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  • 8 circumference — ► NOUN 1) the enclosing boundary of a circle. 2) the distance around something. DERIVATIVES circumferential adjective. ORIGIN Latin circumferentia, from circum around + ferre carry …

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  • 9 Circumference — When a circle s radius is 1 unit, its circumference is 2π units …

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  • 10 circumference — noun VERB + CIRCUMFERENCE ▪ have ▪ calculate, measure ▪ to measure the circumference of a circle PREPOSITION ▪ in circumfe …

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  • 11 circumference — [[t]sə(r)kʌ̱mfrəns[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT The circumference of a circle, place, or round object is the distance around its edge. ...a scientist calculating the earth s circumference... The island is 3.5 km in circumference. 2) N UNCOUNT The… …

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  • 12 circumference — UK [sə(r)ˈkʌmf(ə)rəns] / US [sərˈkʌmf(ə)rəns] noun Word forms circumference : singular circumference plural circumferences a) [countable/uncountable] the distance measured around the edge of a circle or a round object or area a circle with a… …

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  • 13 circumference — n. in circumference (ten feet in circumference) * * * [sə kʌmf(ə)rəns] in circumference (ten feet in circumference) …

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  • 14 circumference — cir|cum|fer|ence [səˈkʌmfərəns US sər ] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: Latin circumferentia, from circumferre to carry around , from circum ( CIRCUM ) + ferre to carry ] [C usually singular, U] the distance or measurement around the… …

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  • 15 circumference — /seuhr kum feuhr euhns/, n. 1. the outer boundary, esp. of a circular area; perimeter: the circumference of a circle. 2. the length of such a boundary: a one mile circumference. 3. the area within a bounding line: the vast circumference of his… …

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  • 16 circumference — cir|cum|fer|ence [ sər kʌmf(ə)rəns ] noun count or uncount the distance measured around the edge of a circle or a round object or area: a circle with a circumference of 20 inches The island is 50 miles in circumference. a. count usually singular… …

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  • 17 circumference — noun 1 (C, U) the distance measured around the outside of a circle: the circumference of the Earth | 3 metres in circumference 2 (singular) the measurement around the outside of any shape; periphery circumferential adjective …

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  • 18 circumference — noun 1) the circumference of the pit Syn: perimeter, border, boundary; edge, rim, verge, margin, fringe; literary marge 2) the circumference of his arm Syn: girth, width …

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  • 19 circumference — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. perimeter, boundary, compass. See circuit, environment. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. perimeter, periphery, boundary, outline, ambit, circuit, compass, limit, border, bounds, edge, rim, margin; see also… …

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  • 20 circumference —    The length of a line that is at the outside edge of a circle; the periphery of a circle. The mathematical formula for the circumference of a circle: two times pi (3.14159), or diameter times pi …

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