(Cir"cuit), v. i. To move in a circle; to go round; to circulate. [Obs.] J. Philips.
(Cir"cuit), v. t. To travel around. [Obs.] "Having circuited the air." T. Warton.
(Cir`cuit*eer") n. A circuiter. Pope.
(Cir"cuit*er) n. One who travels a circuit, as a circuit judge. [R.] R. Whitlock.
(Cir`cu*i"tion) n. [L. circuitio. See Circuit.] The act of going round; circumlocution. [R.]
(Cir*cu"i*tous) a. [LL. circuitosus.] Going round in a circuit; roundabout; indirect; as, a circuitous
road; a circuitous manner of accomplishing an end. Cir*cu"i*tous*ly, adv. Cir*cu"i*tous*ness, n.
Syn. Tortuous; winding; sinuous; serpentine.
(Cir*cu"i*ty) n. A going round in a circle; a course not direct; a roundabout way of proceeding.
(Cir"cu*la*ble) a. That may be circulated.
(Cir"cu*lar) a. [L. circularis, fr. circulus circle: cf. F. circulaire. See Circle.]
1. In the form of, or bounded by, a circle; round.
2. repeating itself; ending in itself; reverting to the point of beginning; hence, illogical; inconclusive; as, circular
3. Adhering to a fixed circle of legends; cyclic; hence, mean; inferior. See Cyclic poets, under Cyclic.
Had Virgil been a circular poet, and closely adhered to history, how could the Romans have had Dido?
4. Addressed to a circle, or to a number of persons having a common interest; circulated, or intended for
circulation; as, a circular letter.
A proclamation of Henry III., . . . doubtless circular throughout England.
5. Perfect; complete. [Obs.]
A man so absolute and circular Circular are, any portion of the circumference of a circle. Circular cubics (Math.), curves of the
third order which are imagined to pass through the two circular points at infinity. Circular functions.
(Math.) See under Function. Circular instruments, mathematical instruments employed for measuring
angles, in which the graduation extends round the whole circumference of a circle, or 360°. Circular
lines, straight lines pertaining to the circle, as sines, tangents, secants, etc. Circular note or letter.
(a) (Com.) See under Credit. (b) (Diplomacy) A letter addressed in identical terms to a number of
persons. Circular numbers (Arith.), those whose powers terminate in the same digits as the roots
themselves; as 5 and 6, whose squares are 25 and 36. Bailey. Barlow. Circular points at infinity
(Geom.), two imaginary points at infinite distance through which every circle in the plane is, in the theory
of curves, imagined to pass. Circular polarization. (Min.) See under Polarization. Circular or
Globular sailing (Naut.), the method of sailing by the arc of a great circle. Circular saw. See
In all those wished-for rarities that may take
A virgin captive.
(Cir"cu*lar), n. [Cf. (for sense 1) F. circulaire, lettre circulaire. See Circular, a.]
1. A circular letter, or paper, usually printed, copies of which are addressed or given to various persons; as,
a business circular.