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English noun: circle

1. circle (shape) 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


SamplesHe calculated the circumference of the circle.


Broader (hypernym)ellipse, oval


Narrower (hyponym)circle of curvature, circlet, epicycle, equator, osculating circle


Part holonymarc

2. circle (group) an unofficial association of people or groups


SamplesThe smart set goes there.
They were an angry lot.


Synonymsband, lot, set


Broader (hypernym)social group


Narrower (hyponym)camp, car pool, clique, cohort, company, confederacy, conspiracy, coterie, Four Hundred, horsey set, horsy set, ingroup, inner circle, jet set, pack, party

3. circle (shape) something approximating the shape of a circle


SamplesThe chairs were arranged in a circle.


Broader (hypernym)form, shape

4. circle (act) movement once around a course


SamplesHe drove an extra lap just for insurance.


Synonymscircuit, lap


Broader (hypernym)locomotion, travel


Narrower (hyponym)lap of honour, pace lap, victory lap

5. circle (artifact) a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island


SamplesThe accident blocked all traffic at the rotary.


Synonymsrotary, roundabout, traffic circle


Broader (hypernym)junction


Part meronymroad, route

6. circle (artifact) street names for flunitrazepan


Synonymsforget me drug, Mexican valium, R-2, roach, roofy, rope, rophy


Broader (hypernym)flunitrazepan, Rohypnol

7. circle (artifact) a curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theater or opera house; usually the first tier above the orchestra


SamplesThey had excellent seats in the dress circle.


Synonymsdress circle


Broader (hypernym)seating, seating area, seating room, seats


Part meronymhouse, theater, theatre

8. circle (artifact) any circular or rotating mechanism


SamplesThe machine punched out metal circles.


Synonymsround


Broader (hypernym)rotating mechanism


Narrower (hyponym)disc, disk


English verb: circle

1. circle (motion) travel around something


SamplesCircle the globe.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Narrower (hyponym)circle around, circle round, circumambulate, circumnavigate, compass, revolve around, walk around

2. circle (motion) move in circles


Synonymscirculate


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Narrower (hyponym)loop, loop, orb, orbit, revolve, troll

3. circle (contact) form a circle around


SamplesEncircle the errors.


Synonymsencircle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)form, shape









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