circular

adjective
cir·​cu·​lar | \ ˈsər-kyə-lər \

Definition of circular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having the form of a circle : round a circular orbit
b : moving in or describing a circle or spiral a circular staircase
2a : of or relating to a circle or its mathematical properties a circular arc
b : having a circular base or bases a circular cylinder
4 : marked by or moving in a cycle
5 : being or involving reasoning that uses in the argument or proof a conclusion to be proved or one of its unproved consequences
6 : intended for circulation a circular letter

circular

noun

Definition of circular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a paper (such as a leaflet) intended for wide distribution

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Other Words from circular

Adjective

circularity \ ˌsər-​kyə-​ˈler-​ə-​tē , -​ˈla-​rə-​ \ noun
circularly \ ˈsər-​kyə-​lər-​lē \ adverb
circularness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for circular

Synonyms: Adjective

circuitous, indirect, roundabout

Synonyms: Noun

booklet, brochure, flyer (also flier), folder, leaflet, pamphlet

Antonyms: Adjective

direct, straight, straightforward

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Examples of circular in a Sentence

Adjective

That planet has a more circular orbit than our planet does. a rather circular discussion of the problem that never addresses it directly

Noun

According to the circular, eggs are on sale this week. promptly tosses out those advertising circulars that come in the newspaper
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

When the rocklike object was sliced in half shortly after its discovery, a perfectly circular, porcelain-like section was found inside it. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Proof of alien visitors? Artifact from an ancient civilization? The truth is out there — in Seattle," 1 Dec. 2018 Rub the polish on your item in an up-and-down motion, not circular to avoid highlighting fine scratches. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Silver and Prevent Tarnish," 20 Nov. 2018 The house has a circular front door that opens into a charming interior. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Tiny ‘hobbit house’ can be rented for your next retreat," 15 Aug. 2018 The change occurs because our planet’s orbit is not perfectly circular. Shannon Hall, New York Times, "Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun," 5 July 2018 The startup, which makes popular circular contraptions that can be used as a grip or a stand affixed to cellphones, sold its accessories at wholesale prices to Amazon, which then sold them at retail prices to Amazon.com shoppers. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "An Amazon revolt could be brewing as the tech giant exerts more control over brands," 29 Nov. 2018 Each BottleLoft set comes with two magnetic strips, each with three circular extra-strength magnets, perfect for holding a whole 6-pack. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "These Magnetic Strips Will Totally Transform Your Fridge," 2 Nov. 2018 Once your sponge is ready, drizzle face wash over the sponge and gently massage your face in circular motions until your skin is clean and your makeup is removed. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "How to Use a Konjac Sponge for Your Best Skin Ever," 22 Oct. 2018 Massage in circular motions, wipe clean, and apply a clear lip balm. Mally Roncal, Redbook, "How to Fake Full, Sexy Lips," 27 Feb. 2015

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Number nine is the circular-ball-of-fluff Pomeranian, and number 10 is, in a surprise twist, the Yorkshire terrier. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "most popular dog breeds on Instagram," 30 Nov. 2018 Sit the pestle on top of the spices, apply downward pressure, and work the pestle in a circular motion, grinding the spices against the walls of the mortar. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How Herbs and Spices Can Make You Cook Like a Pro," 13 Nov. 2018 After dinner, guests moved inside to the ballroom, which had been transformed into a lounge-like space with a circular bar. Kt Merry, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Dallas, With Love: This Texas Wedding Redefined Effortless Elegance," 7 Nov. 2018 Dimmers are supported with an easy-to-operate circular slider UI, and RGB light bulbs get a fun color swatch UI with silly color names. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google Home Hub review—Awesome hardware for Google’s nascent smart display software," 22 Oct. 2018 Outside, mature trees and landscaping provide cover for decking, a circular spa and an alfresco dining area. Neal J. Leitereg, The Seattle Times, "TV magician’s home is gone in the blink of an eye," 17 Sep. 2018 The sculpture is surrounded by a circular wall with plaques listing the names of the victims. Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, "Powerful September 11 Memorials Around the World," 11 Sep. 2018 Divide the dough in half and shape each portion into a small circular mound. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Artistry, flavor blends are marks of Moroccan," 10 July 2018 Besides unpleasant bites and the uncomfortable process of removing a tick, some tick species carry Lyme disease, which can cause health hazards beyond the trademark circular rash. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ticks are appearing more frequently in backyards. Here's how to target ticks close to home.," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of circular

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for circular

Adjective

Middle English circuler, from Middle French, from Late Latin circularis, from Latin circulus circle

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The first known use of circular was in the 15th century

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circular

noun

English Language Learners Definition of circular

: a printed sheet (such as an advertisement) that is given or sent to many people at the same time

circular

adjective
cir·​cu·​lar | \ ˈsər-kyə-lər \

Kids Definition of circular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : shaped like a circle or part of a circle : round a circular track
2 : passing or going around in a circle a circular motion
3 : not said in simple or sincere language a circular explanation

circular

noun

Kids Definition of circular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a printed notice or advertisement given or sent to many people

circular

adjective
cir·​cu·​lar | \ ˈsər-kyə-lər \

Medical Definition of circular

: manic-depressive especially : bipolar sense 3 the exalted phase of the mental circular state — Havelock Ellis

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