(Ci"pher), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ciphered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Ciphering.] To use figures in a mathematical
process; to do sums in arithmetic.
"T was certain he could write and cipher too.
(Ci"pher), v. t.
1. To write in occult characters.
His notes he ciphered with Greek characters.
2. To get by ciphering; as, to cipher out the answer.
3. To decipher. [Obs.] Shak.
4. To designate by characters. [Obs.] Shak.
(Ci"pher*er) n. One who ciphers.
(Ci"pher*hood) n. Nothingness. [R.] Goodwin.
(Cip"o*lin) n. [It. cippollino, prop., a little onion, fr. cipolla onion So called because its veins
consist, like onions, of different strata, one lying upon another.] (Min.) A whitish marble, from Rome,
containiing pale greenish zones. It consists of calcium carbonate, with zones and cloudings of talc.
(||Cip"pus) n.; pl. Cippi [L., stake, post.] A small, low pillar, square or round, commonly having
an inscription, used by the ancients for various purposes, as for indicating the distances of places, for a
landmark, for sepulchral inscriptions, etc. Gwilt.
(Circ) n. [See Circus.] An amphitheatrical circle for sports; a circus. [R.] T. Warton.
(||Cir*car") n. [See Sircar.] A district, or part of a province. See Sircar. [India]
(Cir*cas"sian) a. Of or pertaining to Circassia, in Asia. n. A native or inhabitant of Circassia.
(Cir*ce"an) a. [L. Circaeus.] Having the characteristics of Circe, daughter of Sol and Perseis,
a mythological enchantress, who first charmed her victims and then changed them to the forms of beasts; pleasing,
but noxious; as, a Circean draught.
(Cir*cen"sial Cir*cen"sian) a. [L. Circensis, ludi Circenses, the games in the Circus Maximus.]
Of or pertaining to, or held in, the Circus, In Rome.
The pleasure of the Circensian shows.
(Cir"ci*nal) a. [Gr. a circle.] (Bot.) Circinate.
(Cir"ci*nate) a. [L. circinatus, p. p. of circinare to make round, fr. circinus a pair of compasses,
from Gr. a circle.] (Bot.) Rolled together downward, the tip occupying the center; a term used in
reference to foliation or leafing, as in ferns. Gray.
(Cir"ci*nate) v. t. To make a circle around; to encompass. [Obs.] Bailey.
(Cir`ci*na"tion) n. [L. circinatio circle.]
1. An orbicular motion. [Obs.] bailey.
2. A circle; a concentric layer. [Obs.] "The circinations and spherical rounds of onions." Sir T. Browne.