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circular

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adjective cir·cu·lar \ˈsər-kyə-lər\

Definition of circular

  1. 1 a :  having the form of a circle :  round <a circular orbit> b :  moving in or describing a circle or spiral <a circular staircase>

  2. 2 a :  of or relating to a circle or its mathematical properties <a circular arc> b :  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

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circularly

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circularness

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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>

Origin and Etymology of circular

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


First Known Use: 15th century

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circular

noun cir·cu·lar

Definition of circular

  1. :  a paper (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>

1789

First Known Use of circular

1789


CIRCULAR Defined for English Language Learners


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circular

noun cir·cu·lar

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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