circular

adjective
cir·​cu·​lar | \ ˈsər-kyə-lər How to pronounce circular (audio) \

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 How to pronounce circularity (audio) , -​ˈla-​rə-​ \ noun
circularly \ ˈsər-​kyə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce circularly (audio) \ adverb
circularness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for circular

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Environment editor Robert Kunzig’s last feature was about the circular economy. Robert Kunzig, National Geographic, "Let’s not waste this crucial moment: We need to stop abusing the planet," 13 Oct. 2020 Smooth out the hairline along the forehead in a small, circular motion to create mini swoops. Chelsea Hall, Marie Claire, "Oh, Baby!," 5 Oct. 2020 Rotating disk epilators rely on a spinning metal disk to pluck out hairs in a circular motion. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best epilator of 2020," 1 Oct. 2020 Oedipus called in the blind prophet, Tiresias, played by Jeffrey Wright, whose eyes were invisible behind a circular glare in his eyeglasses. Elif Batuman, The New Yorker, "Can Greek Tragedy Get Us Through the Pandemic?," 1 Sep. 2020 Located off the pond, the home's entrance—which is circular and surrounded by greenery— resembles a hobbit hole. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "This Underground House in Texas Is for Sale, and It’s Super Colorful," 28 Aug. 2020 The motor spins the charm in a circular motion at two different speeds, with the mechanics hidden underneath a fabric cover. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "18 cat toys with thousands of positive reviews," 8 Sep. 2020 Voting booths were spaced six feet apart and the layout was designed to move people in a circular pattern rather than voters having to cross paths with each other. Joshua Gunter, cleveland, "See what Nov. 3 polling places could look like from Tuesday’s Special Election in Maple Heights (photos, video)," 4 Aug. 2020 On one side, a circular pattern of specialization for enormous size; on the other, the rapidly deteriorating food web of its ocean home. Eric M. Keen, Scientific American, "Why Are Blue Whales So Gigantic?," 31 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The circular did not further specify eligibility criteria, or how many people might benefit from the decision. John Leicester, Star Tribune, "France fast-tracks citizenship for foreign virus fighters," 15 Sep. 2020 Keep an eye out for Giant’s weekly circular in November. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "12 Ways to Get a Free Turkey for Thanksgiving in 2020," 14 Sep. 2020 Clients whose deposits have already been impaired due to the currency crisis can convert their deposits into shares or into redeemable, tradable and convertible perpetual bonds, the circular said. Dana Khraiche, Bloomberg.com, "Lebanon Takes a Stab at Revamping Lenders With Central Bank Plan," 29 Aug. 2020 The Philippine tax agency has ordered all online businesses to register, declare past transactions, and pay correct taxes by end-July, according to a June 1 circular released Wednesday. Andreo Calonzo, Bloomberg.com, "Philippines Looks to Tax Online Businesses As It Searches for Revenue," 11 June 2020 After her sister, Eugenie, married Jack Brooksbank in October 2018, the styling of her name changed from Princess Eugenie of York to Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank, in the court circular, the official record of royal engagements. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Meaning Behind Princess Beatrice's Royal Title," 29 Sep. 2019 The locker room is spacious and circular, no more awkward overcrowding among themselves or the media. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Chase Center tour: Photos from the Warriors' new SF arena," 26 Aug. 2019 The number, which perhaps has the best use of the circular, revolving stage, takes the entire cast of characters back in time to re-live that first meeting while repeating the movements of each character. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "It's not a show, it's a movement. 'Hamilton' wows at Kentucky Center," 6 June 2019 Security forces have arrested dozens of owners of exchange bureaus for violating central bank circulars and working without proper permits. Youssef Diab, Bloomberg.com, "Lebanon Arrests Director at Central Bank Over Currency Chaos," 15 May 2020

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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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Time Traveler for circular

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

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Last Updated

20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Circular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/circular. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for circular

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 How to pronounce circular (audio) \

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 How to pronounce circular (audio) \

Medical Definition of circular

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

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