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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.


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


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.


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

Broader (hypernym)form, shape

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