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Definitions of circular

  1. shaped like a ring
  2. an advertisement ( usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution; " he mailed the circular to all subscribers"
  3. marked by or moving in a cycle
  4. having a circular shape
  5. marked by or moving in a circle
  6. In the form of, or bounded by, a circle; round.
  7. repeating itself; ending in itself; reverting to the point of beginning; hence, illogical; inconclusive; as, circular reasoning.
  8. Adhering to a fixed circle of legends; cyclic; hence, mean; inferior. See Cyclic poets, under Cyclic.
  9. Addressed to a circle, or to a number of persons having a common interest; circulated, or intended for circulation; as, a circular letter.
  10. Perfect; complete.
  11. A circular letter, or paper, usually printed, copies of which are addressed or given to various persons; as, a business circular.
  12. A sleeveless cloak, cut in circular form.
  13. Round like a circle; of or pertaining to a circle; roundabout; published for distribution to the public.
  14. A printed or written letter or rotice.
  15. Circularly.
  16. Circularity.
  17. Like a circle; round.
  18. Forming, bounded by, or moving in a circle; round; circulating.
  19. A letter, or the like for general circulation.
  20. A letter, or printed notice, of which a copy is sent to many persons. Circular instrument, one graduated for the whole circle. Circular lines, lines of sines, tangents, and secants, on the plane scale and sector. Circular numbers, those whose powers terminate in the same digits as the roots. Circular sailing, the method of sailing by the arc of a great circle.
  21. Pert. to a circle or in the form of a circle; round; ending in itself; addressed to a number or circle of persons.
  22. A written or printed letter or note sent to a number or circle of persons.

Usage examples for circular

  1. The source of the light moved rapidly around the circular balcony. – The White Invaders by Raymond King Cummings
  2. It could be turned round by mechanism, in order that after each course the bolts might be drawn out without danger, and the butt provided with a new circular plate, for the next shooting meeting of the society. – Pictures of German Life in the XVIIIth and XIXth Centuries, Vol. I. by Gustav Freytag
  3. We went along the passage to the circular staircase. – The Long Voyage by Carl Richard Jacobi
  4. The whole steep slope was covered with gray circular rings of stone, a score of them at least. – The Hound of the Baskervilles by A. Conan Doyle
  5. This mass, of a circular form, threw such light that it filled the projectile. – The Moon-Voyage by Jules Verne
  6. Off the billiard- room, in the extreme right wing, was a den, or card- room, with a small hall opening on the east veranda, and from there went up a narrow circular staircase. – The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  7. A circular, flat, thin piece or section of the tree. – Seasoning of Wood by Joseph B. Wagner
  8. We see it daily in the motions below, and we believe it also of the circular revolutions of the heavens above, that there is a day coming in which they shall cease, as having performed all they were appointed for. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  9. Then we'll count up the number of institutions where we could send a magazine and circular. – The Blue Birds' Winter Nest by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  10. We saw a similar circular stone at Raidoun. – Southern Arabia by Theodore Bent Mabel Bent
  11. One day Ambassador Gerard received a circular entitled " An Appeal to All Friends of Truth." – Germany, The Next Republic? by Carl W. Ackerman
  12. You remember that I called your attention to a shining object underneath the circular opening in the roof. – The Moon Metal by Garrett P. Serviss
  13. The same state of things prevails, generally, throughout Italy, as is shown by a circular of the minister of public instruction. – Pius IX. And His Time by The Rev. Æneas MacDonell Dawson
  14. Her blue greedy eyes became circular with surprise. – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  15. Who had passed Louise on the circular staircase? – The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  16. There is a somewhat open circular space in the centre of the spot, into which an Indian on snow- shoes strode at the hour mentioned. – The Big Otter by R.M. Ballantyne
  17. I tell you I never looked at the circular! – 100%: The Story of a Patriot by Upton Sinclair
  18. We saw in the preceding lesson that the Moon revolves round us, describing an almost circular orbit that she travels over in about a month. – Astronomy for Amateurs by Camille Flammarion
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