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

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

Astronomers use a measurement called eccentricity to determine how circular an object’s orbit is: An eccentricity of 0 is perfectly circular, while an eccentricity of 1 is highly elliptical, and anything greater than is hyperbolic. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian, "Astronomers Spot a Comet That Likely Came From a Different Solar System," 12 Sep. 2019 And the sleek, circular finger pulls are a deVOL stock offering. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "This Kitchen's the Perfect Blend of Rustic Charm and Modern Design," 9 Sep. 2019 Meet the Great Blue Hole, a 1,000-foot-wide, perfectly circular sinkhole in the middle of the atoll. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 Black holes that merge through the triple process should have orbits that are less circular, or more eccentric, than those of black holes that merge from an undisturbed binary system. Quanta Magazine, "To Make Two Black Holes Collide, Try Three," 15 Aug. 2019 Yet this sweet and circular version of the American Dream offered hope and sustenance to thousands of donut-shop owners and their families. The Economist, "How donuts fuelled the American Dream," 26 July 2019 My thoughts were circular and obsessive, and focusing on work was next to impossible. Leigh Weingus, Glamour, "We Need To Start Talking About This Common—And Debilitating—Pregnancy Symptom," 12 July 2019 Balletic lifts and flowing circular partnering present hope, kindness and support. Laura Bleiberg, Los Angeles Times, "Review: In a breakthrough show, Invertigo Dance takes a delicious bite from a forbidden apple," 15 Sep. 2019 With its circular drive and manicured lawn, the stately French provincial home opening Sept. 21 as the 33rd annual decorator show house for Historic Ellicott City Inc. seems to have a split personality. Janene Holzberg, baltimoresun.com, "Old World grandeur meets homey in historic Ellicott City show house," 13 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Clearly, his understanding of acceleration for an object in circular motion enabled him to calculate the precise speed required, for a pipe of this diameter, to keep wheels on concrete all the way around. Wired, "How to Rip a Crazy Skateboard Loop With Physics," 6 Sep. 2019 According to the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), a division of the National Institutes of Health, granuloma annulare (GA) is skin disorder that causes a rash with red bumps arranged in a circular pattern. Amber Brenza, Health.com, "Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi Reveals Rare Skin Condition in Nude Photo Shoot," 6 Sep. 2019 Some companies, like Pernod Ricard, the second-largest wine and spirits maker on the planet, are dedicated to reshaping themselves around sustainability and circular manufacturing. Fortune Editors, Fortune, "Preventing Plastic Waste Is a Global Crisis—and an Investment Opportunity," 5 Sep. 2019 In 2001, a magnetic survey near Yarrabubba revealed circular features in the bedrock, although no crater rim can be seen at the surface. Eric Hand, Science | AAAS, "Shock and thaw? Earth’s oldest asteroid impact may have helped lift the planet out of a deep freeze," 27 Aug. 2019 Their first meeting Sunday was at a circular table in a conference room in the opulent Centre de Congrés Bellevue. CBS News, "White House says Trump regrets not raising China tariffs higher after G-7 comments," 25 Aug. 2019 Astronomers use a measurement called eccentricity to determine how circular an object’s orbit is: An eccentricity of 0 is perfectly circular, while an eccentricity of 1 is highly elliptical, and anything greater than is hyperbolic. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian, "Astronomers Spot a Comet That Likely Came From a Different Solar System," 12 Sep. 2019 This is the home of the world-famous Blue Hole, a remarkable circular limestone sinkhole in the seafloor that stretches nearly 1,000 feet across and more than 400 feet deep. National Geographic, "Belize Expedition: Oceans and Underwater Exploration," 10 Sep. 2019 This late-1960s house in Hartford, Wisc., is largely circular and sits on more than four acres. Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property Newsletter: Even celebs learn hard real estate lessons," 7 Sep. 2019

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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 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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