His class time was spent with worksheets, circling words that rhymed and identifying letters of the alphabet with memory games.
People at home may remember Barack Obama and Mitt Romney circling each other like wary gladiators.
Kansas 3rd Congressional District Another Blue Dog retirement has the GOP circling hungrily.
The punch line here is readily apparent: the much-hyped electric-car sector is circling the drain.
At one point, John Woo was circling to direct it, but then the big divorce happened with Miramax and Disney, and it went away.
She saw nothing more for one awful moment—heaven and earth reeling and circling around her, and a horror of darkness on her eyes.
And when the Hall was built he put round it a wall of mounting and circling fire.
By circling low he succeeded in locating the placid surface of the lake and in making a creditable landing.
As he rode nearer he heard the roar of the mounting and the circling fire.
Now and then the cries of circling sea-fowl brought a note of uncanny joy into the harmony that seemed like silence in its unity.
c.1300, "figure of a circle," from Old French cercle "circle, ring (for the finger); hoop of a helmet or barrel" (12c.), from Latin circulus "circular figure; small ring, hoop; circular orbit" (also source of Italian cerchio), diminutive of circus "ring" (see circus).
Replaced Old English trendel and hring. Late Old English used circul, from Latin, but only in an astronomical sense. Meaning "group of persons surrounding a center of interest" is from 1714 (it also was a secondary sense of Latin circulus); that of "coterie" is from 1640s (a sense also found in Latin circulus). To come full circle is in Shakespeare.
late 14c., cerclen, "to shape like a globe," also "to encompass or surround," from circle (n.). From c.1400 as "to set in a circular pattern;" mid-15c. as "to move in a circle." Related: Circled; circling. To circle the wagons, figuratively, "assume an alert defensive stance" is from 1969, from old Western movies.
circle cir·cle (sûr'kəl)
A ring-shaped structure or group of structures.
A line or process with every point equidistant from the center.