before 1000; < Latincirculus, equivalent to circ(us) (see circus) + -ulus-ule; replacing Middle Englishcercle < Old French < Latin, as above; replacing Old Englishcircul < Latin, as above
intercircle, verb (used with object), intercircled, intercircling.
recircle, verb, recircled, recircling.
undercircle, verb (used with object), undercircled, undercircling.
3. ring, halo, corona. 11. Circle, club, coterie, set, society are terms applied to restricted social groups. A circle may be a little group; in the plural it often suggests a whole section of society interested in one mode of life, occupation, etc.: a sewing circle; a language circle; in theatrical circles. Club implies an association with definite requirements for membership and fixed dues: an athletic club. Coterie suggests a little group closely and intimately associated because of congeniality: a literary coterie. Set refers to a number of persons of similar background, interests, etc., somewhat like a clique (See ring1. ) but without disapproving connotations; however, it often implies wealth or interest in social activities: the country club set. A society is a group associated to further common interests of a cultural or practical kind: a Humane Society.
But with helicopters circling overhead, the chancellor clearly felt under siege.
Fully awake, the aviators steer for the flying gas station circling overhead.
Four weeks after the transplant, the researchers noted less circling behavior in eight of nine treated rats.
The image is the first one taken of a planet circling another star other than our own, using only visible light.
Scientists have recently discovered a ribbon circling the outer edge of our solar system.
Cleaving and circling here swells the soul of the poet yet is president of itself always.
Cleaving and circling here swells the soul of the poet, yet is president of itself always.
If one was wounded its cries kept its companions circling around overhead.
It is one of the hundreds of radio navigation checkpoints that mark your path circling the globe.
Foreign investors are circling but do not yet know with whom they can sign contracts.
British Dictionary definitions for circling
(maths) a closed plane curve every point of which is equidistant from a given fixed point, the centre. Equation: (x –h)² + (y –k)² = r² where r is the radius and (h, k) are the coordinates of the centre; area πr²; circumference: 2πr
the figure enclosed by such a curve
(theatre) the section of seats above the main level of the auditorium, usually comprising the dress circle and the upper circle
something formed or arranged in the shape of a circle
a group of people sharing an interest, activity, upbringing, etc; set golf circles, a family circle
a domain or area of activity, interest, or influence
a process or chain of events or parts that forms a connected whole; cycle
c.1300, from O.Fr. cercle, from L. circulus "small ring," dim. of circus (q.v.). Replaced O.E. trendel and hring. Meaning "group of persons surrounding a center of interest" is from 1714; that of "coterie" is from 1640s; dim. form circlet is from late 15c. The verb is from late 14c.