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Noun: circle  sur-kul
  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"
  2. An unofficial association of people or groups
    - set, band, lot
  3. Something approximating the shape of a circle
    "the chairs were arranged in a circle"
  4. Movement once around a course
    - lap, circuit
  5. A road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island
    "the accident blocked all traffic at the circle";
    - traffic circle [N. Amer], rotary, roundabout [Brit]
  6. [slang] Street name for flunitrazepam
    - R-2 [slang], Mexican valium [slang], rophy [slang], rope [slang], roofy [slang], roach [slang], forget me drug [slang]
  7. A curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theatre or opera house; usually the first tier above the orchestra
    "they had excellent seats in the dress circle";
    - dress circle
  8. Any circular or rotating mechanism
    "the machine punched out metal circles";
    - round
Verb: circle  sur-kul
  1. Travel around something
    "circle the globe"
  2. Move in a circular path above (someone or something)
    "the plane circled, looking for a landing spot"
  3. Form or draw a circle around
    "circle the errors";
    - encircle

Derived forms: circling, circles, circled

Type of: ellipse, flunitrazepam, form, go, junction, locomote, locomotion, move, oval, Rohypnol, rotating mechanism, seating, seating area, seating room, seats, shape, social group, travel

Part of: house, road, route, theater [US], theatre

Encyclopedia: Circle, Chicago