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circular

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adjective cir·cu·lar \ˈsər-kyə-lər\

Definition of circular

  1. 1a :  having the form of a circle :  round a circular orbitb :  moving in or describing a circle or spiral a circular staircase

  2. 2a :  of or relating to a circle or its mathematical properties a circular arcb :  having a circular base or bases a circular cylinder

  3. 3 :  circuitous, indirect

  4. 4 :  marked by or moving in a cycle

  5. 5 :  being or involving reasoning that uses in the argument or proof a conclusion to be proved or one of its unproved consequences

  6. 6 :  intended for circulation a circular letter

circularity

play \ˌsər-kyə-ˈler-ə-tē, -ˈla-rə-\ noun

circularly

play \ˈsər-kyə-lər-lē\ adverb

circularness

noun

Examples of circular in a Sentence

  1. That planet has a more circular orbit than our planet does.

  2. a rather circular discussion of the problem that never addresses it directly

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Origin and Etymology of circular

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

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circular

noun cir·cu·lar

Definition of circular

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

Examples of circular in a Sentence

  1. According to the circular, eggs are on sale this week.

  2. promptly tosses out those advertising circulars that come in the newspaper

Recent Examples of circular from the Web

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First Known Use of circular

1789


CIRCULAR Defined for English Language Learners

circular

noun

Definition of circular for English Language Learners

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


CIRCULAR Defined for Kids

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circular

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adjective cir·cu·lar \ˈsər-kyə-lər\

Definition of circular for Students

  1. 1 :  shaped like a circle or part of a circle :  round a circular track

  2. 2 :  passing or going around in a circle a circular motion

  3. 3 :  not said in simple or sincere language a circular explanation


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circular

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noun cir·cu·lar

Definition of circular for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

circular

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adjective cir·cu·lar \ˈsər-kyə-lər\

Medical Definition of circular

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



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