Examples of circumference in a Sentence
What is the circumference of the Earth at the equator?
The circle is 38 inches in circumference.
The fence marks the circumference of the field.
Recent Examples of circumference from the Web
Its massive brethren on the West Coast can grow over 250 feet with 100-foot circumferences—more than twice as large as the one in Idaho.
During several exploratory trips made by AL.com before any scientists had visited the forest, divers measured two trees that were 10 feet in diameter, with a circumference of close to 30 feet.
Cox said the tree will be the tallest the company has ever moved, as well as the largest in circumference at more than 20 feet (6 meters) near its base.
Water out to the tree's drip line, which is the area under the outer leaves or circumference of the tree.
The Grand Canyon is nearly 300 miles in circumference, but most visitors gather in a few spots.
The tree measures 20 feet, 6 inches in circumference and is 77-inches in diameter at four feet up the trunk.
Diets that include dairy products (about two cups per day) are linked to a lower risk of chronic disease and smaller waist circumference.
At the same time, two arms trace the circumference of the pipeline, measuring its thickness and structural integrity by using ultrasonic sensors that act like sonar devices that bounce high-frequency signals through the line.
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Did You Know?
Attempts have been made to measure the circumference of the earth since the time of Aristotle. The calculation that Columbus was relying on led him to think he could reach China by sailing west more quickly than by sailing east. But that measurement had calculated the earth's circumference as about a quarter too small, and the rest is history. Columbus wasn't the only one who got it wrong; many later attempts continued to produce different measurements for the earth's circumference—even though the Greeks had calculated it correctly way back in the 3rd century B.C.
CIRCUMFERENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of circumference for English Language Learners
: the length of a line that goes around something or that makes a circle or other round shape
: the outer edge of a shape or area
CIRCUMFERENCE Defined for Kids
Definition of circumference for Students
1 : the line that goes around a circle
2 : a boundary line enclosing an area A fence marks the circumference of the yard.
3 : the distance around something
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