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[sem-i-sur-kuh l] /ˈsɛm ɪˌsɜr kəl/
Also called semicircumference
[sem-ee-ser-kuhm-fer-uh ns, -fruh ns, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm i sərˈkʌm fər əns, -frəns, ˌsɛm aɪ-/ (Show IPA)
. half of a circle; the arc from one end of a diameter to the other.
anything having or arranged in the form of a half of a circle.
Origin of semicircle
1520-30; < Latin sēmicirculus. See semi-, circle
Related forms
[sem-i-sur-kyuh-ler] /ˌsɛm ɪˈsɜr kyə lər/ (Show IPA),
semicircularly, adverb
semicircularness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for semicircle
  • According to the recommendation, the charge circle would be placed in a semicircle three feet from the center of the basket.
  • The houses were arranged in a semicircle or circle around a central plaza.
  • At one end of the home-ec building, an exterior wall has been refurbished for interior use and now anchors the semicircle.
  • On the left of the picture you see the two big semicircle roads, the parking lot must have been there for the big stadium.
  • More stooges give you a semicircle of gridlock as everyone seeks the shortest straight-line vector to the exit.
  • Shape each piece in a semicircle, having ribs outside, and sew pieces together to form a crown.
  • Her family and members of the hospital team are in chairs in a semicircle around her.
  • Lift one edge of the cookie and fold it so the cookie forms a semicircle.
  • We trudged out onto a cobbled, sunbaked pan, featureless but for a rough semicircle of basalt rocks.
  • He folded back the scalp and made small holes in her skull with a power drill, outlining a rough semicircle.
British Dictionary definitions for semicircle


  1. one half of a circle
  2. half the circumference of a circle
anything having the shape or form of half a circle
Derived Forms
semicircular (ˌsɛmɪˈsɜːkjʊlə) adjective
semicircularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for semicircle

1520s, from semi- + circle (n.) or else from Latin semicirculus.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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