Definition of semicircle
1 : a half of a circle
2 : an object or arrangement of objects in the form of a half circle
semicircularplay \ˌse-mē-ˈsər-kyə-lər\ adjective
Examples of semicircle in a Sentence
The children sat in a semicircle.
The houses are built in a semicircle.
Recent Examples of semicircle from the Web
Engineers say the Inuit, through trial and error, devised a design based on a parabola, not a semicircle, eliminating the forces that would make a true hemisphere bulge and collapse.
Its far side is a large semicircle of windows that face the grounds; over this is a domed ceiling.
A hundred or so people stood in a semicircle nearby.
The FIBA court measures 15 meters by 11 meters (49.2 feet by 36 feet), with a 2-point line that measures at the same distance for the international 3-point line (6.75 meters or about 22 feet) and a no-charge semicircle under the basket.
The FIBA court measures 15 meters by 11 meters (49.2 feet by 36 feet), with a 2-point line that measures at the same distance for the international 3-point line (6.75 meters, or about 22 feet) and a no-charge semicircle under the basket.
In each trapshooting field, five shooters line up in a semicircle.
So Westco found leftover pink cardboard stock and formed a 9-by-9-by-4-inch container with four semicircle flaps to fold together.
TAHOLAH STARTS WITH four seniors in its lineup, each of whom stands with a bouquet of flowers, surrounded by a semicircle of family members during Senior Night ceremonies.
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Origin and Etymology of semicircle
Latin semicirculus, from semi- + circulus circle
First Known Use: 1526See Words from the same year
SEMICIRCLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of semicircle for English Language Learners
: half of a circle
: an arrangement of people or things that forms a semicircle
SEMICIRCLE Defined for Kids
Definition of semicircle for Students
: half of a circle
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