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small circle

noun
1.
a circle on a sphere, the plane of which does not pass through the center of the sphere.
Compare great circle (def 1).
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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small circle

noun
1.
a circular section of a sphere that does not contain the centre of the sphere Compare great circle
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