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English noun: circuit

1. circuit (artifact) an electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow

Synonymselectric circuit, electrical circuit

Broader (hypernym)electrical device

Narrower (hyponym)bridge, bridge circuit, bridged-T, clipper, closed circuit, computer circuit, data link, delay line, feedback circuit, feedback loop, flip-flop, limiter, link, loop, open circuit, pulse timing circuit, resonant circuit, resonator, series circuit, squelch, squelch circuit, squelcher, T-network, tank circuit, wiring

Part holonymbypass, capacitance, capacitor, choke, choke coil, choking coil, condenser, electrical condenser, electrical relay, electrical shunt, electron tube, relay, resistance, resistor, short, short circuit, shunt, thermionic tube, thermionic vacuum tube, thermionic valve, tube, vacuum tube

Part meronymelectronic equipment

2. circuit (act) a journey or route all the way around a particular place or area

SamplesThey took an extended tour of Europe.
We took a quick circuit of the park.
A ten-day coach circuit of the island.


Broader (hypernym)journey, journeying

Narrower (hyponym)grand tour, grand tour, itineration, package holiday, package tour, pub crawl, walkabout, whistle-stop tour

3. circuit (location) an established itinerary of venues or events that a particular group of people travel to

SamplesShe's a familiar name on the club circuit.
On the lecture circuit.
The judge makes a circuit of the courts in his district.
The international tennis circuit.

Broader (hypernym)itinerary, path, route

4. circuit (location) the boundary line encompassing an area or object

SamplesHe had walked the full circumference of his land.
A danger to all races over the whole circumference of the globe.


Broader (hypernym)border, borderline, boundary line, delimitation, mete

5. circuit (group) (law) a judicial division of a state or the United States (so-called because originally judges traveled and held court in different locations); one of the twelve groups of states in the United States that is covered by a particular circuit court of appeals

Broader (hypernym)group, grouping

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

6. circuit (artifact) a racetrack for automobile races

Synonymsracing circuit

Broader (hypernym)racecourse, racetrack, raceway, track

Domain regionBritain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

7. circuit (act) movement once around a course

SamplesHe drove an extra lap just for insurance.

Synonymscircle, lap

Broader (hypernym)locomotion, travel

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

English verb: circuit

1. circuit (motion) make a circuit

SamplesThey were circuiting about the state.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

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