circumscribe (ˌsɜːkəmˈskraɪb, ˈsɜːkəmˌskraɪb) | |
—vb | |
1. | to restrict within limits |
2. | to mark or set the bounds of |
3. | Compare inscribe to draw a geometric construction around (another construction) so that the two are in contact but do not intersect |
4. | to draw a line round |
[C15: from Latin circumscrībere, from | |
circum'scribable | |
—adj | |
circum'scriber | |
—n |
circumscribe (sûr'kəm-skrīb') Pronunciation Key
To draw a figure around another figure so as to touch as many points as possible. A circle that is circumscribed around a triangle touches it at each of the triangle's three vertices. |