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Meaning & Definition of Circle in English

English

Circle

/sərkəl/

noun

1. Ellipse in which the two axes are of equal length

  • A plane curve generated by one point moving at a constant distance from a fixed point
  • "He calculated the circumference of the circle"
    synonym:
  • circle

2. An unofficial association of people or groups

  • "The smart set goes there"
  • "They were an angry lot"
    synonym:
  • set
  • ,
  • circle
  • ,
  • band
  • ,
  • lot

3. Something approximating the shape of a circle

  • "The chairs were arranged in a circle"
    synonym:
  • circle

4. Movement once around a course

  • "He drove an extra lap just for insurance"
    synonym:
  • lap
  • ,
  • circle
  • ,
  • circuit

5. A road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island

  • "The accident blocked all traffic at the rotary"
    synonym:
  • traffic circle
  • ,
  • circle
  • ,
  • rotary
  • ,
  • roundabout

6. Street names for flunitrazepan

    synonym:
  • R-2
  • ,
  • Mexican valium
  • ,
  • rophy
  • ,
  • rope
  • ,
  • roofy
  • ,
  • roach
  • ,
  • forget me drug
  • ,
  • circle

7. A curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theater or opera house

  • Usually the first tier above the orchestra
  • "They had excellent seats in the dress circle"
    synonym:
  • circle
  • ,
  • dress circle

8. Any circular or rotating mechanism

  • "The machine punched out metal circles"
    synonym:
  • circle
  • ,
  • round

verb

1. Travel around something

  • "Circle the globe"
    synonym:
  • circle

2. Move in circles

    synonym:
  • circle
  • ,
  • circulate

3. Form a circle around

  • "Encircle the errors"
    synonym:
  • encircle
  • ,
  • circle

Examples of using

This circle was drawn by a compass.
Please circle the words that are misspelled.
Make a circle and hold hands.