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hemicycle

[hem-i-sahy-kuh l] /ˈhɛm ɪˌsaɪ kəl/
noun
1.
a semicircle.
2.
a semicircular structure.
Origin of hemicycle
1595-1605
1595-1605; < French hémicycle < Latin hēmicyclium < Greek hēmikýklion See hemi-, cycle
Related forms
hemicyclic
[hem-i-sahy-klik, -sik-lik] /ˌhɛm ɪˈsaɪ klɪk, -ˈsɪk lɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • In the hemicycle the committee benches had disappeared; they had run parallel to the sections on the arc of a circle.

    The conquest of Rome Matilde Serao
  • Then to the upper part of this second cord they apply on its lower side the broad part of a hemicycle.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • The hemicycle became the apse; the gallery, a clerestory; the hall, a central nave.

  • Within this hemicycle lie the waters of Minas, bounded on the north by the horizon-line, the clouds and the sky.

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
  • Above the terrace of the recesses, rose that of the hemicycle.

    Old Rome Robert Burn
  • hemicycle, hem′i-sī-kl, n. a semicircle, a room with seats so arranged.

  • Our host laughed back; then, with a serious air, Looked around him on our hemicycle, where He sat midway of it.

    The Daughter of the Storage William Dean Howells
  • But let us step on to the hemicycle of the Belvedere, and view some works greater than any we have yet seen or even imagined.

  • In the hemicycle above are the Virgin and Child under a Byzantine canopy with angels and founders on either side.

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • But the hemicycle was not easy to make unless it were fairly small, and, if small, it was not very easy to read.

    Time Telling through the Ages Harry Chase Brearley
British Dictionary definitions for hemicycle

hemicycle

/ˈhɛmɪˌsaɪkəl/
noun
1.
a semicircular structure, room, arena, wall, etc
2.
a rare word for semicircle
Derived Forms
hemicyclic (ˌhɛmɪˈsaɪklɪk; -ˈsɪk-) adjective
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