Definitions for: Circular


[n] an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution; "he mailed the circular to all subscribers"
[adj] marked by or moving in a cycle
[adj] having a circular shape
[adj] shaped like a ring



Webster (1913) Definition: Cir"cu*lar, a. [L. circularis, fr. circulus circle:
cf. F. circulaire. See Circle.]
1. In the form of, or bounded by, a circle; round.

2. repeating itself; ending in itself; reverting to the point
of beginning; hence, illogical; inconclusive; as, circular
reasoning.

3. Adhering to a fixed circle of legends; cyclic; hence,
mean; inferior. See Cyclic poets, under Cyclic.

Had Virgil been a circular poet, and closely adhered
to history, how could the Romans have had Dido?
--Dennis.

4. Addressed to a circle, or to a number of persons having a
common interest; circulated, or intended for circulation;
as, a circular letter.

A proclamation of Henry III., . . . doubtless
circular throughout England. --Hallam.

5. Perfect; complete. [Obs.]

A man so absolute and circular In all those
wished-for rarities that may take A virgin captive.
--Massinger.

Circular are, any portion of the circumference of a circle.


Circular cubics (Math.), curves of the third order which
are imagined to pass through the two circular points at
infinity.

Circular functions. (Math.) See under Function.

Circular instruments, mathematical instruments employed for
measuring angles, in which the graduation extends round
the whole circumference of a circle, or 360[deg].

Circular lines, straight lines pertaining to the circle, as
sines, tangents, secants, etc.

Circular note or letter.
(a) (Com.) See under Credit.
(b) (Diplomacy) A letter addressed in identical terms to a
number of persons.

Circular numbers (Arith.), those whose powers terminate in
the same digits as the roots themselves; as 5 and 6, whose
squares are 25 and 36. --Bailey. --Barlow.

Circular points at infinity (Geom.), two imaginary points
at infinite distance through which every circle in the
plane is, in the theory of curves, imagined to pass.

Circular polarization. (Min.) See under Polarization.

Circular or Globular sailing (Naut.), the method of
sailing by the arc of a great circle.

Circular saw. See under Saw.


Cir"cu*lar, n. [Cf. (for sense 1) F. circulaire,
lettre circulaire. See Circular, a.]
1. A circular letter, or paper, usually printed, copies of
which are addressed or given to various persons; as, a
business circular.

2. A sleeveless cloak, cut in circular form.

Synonyms: annular, annulate, annulated, ball-shaped, bill, broadsheet, broadside, bulblike, bulbous, capitate, circinate, coccoid, cumuliform, cyclic, cyclical, discoid, discoidal, disklike, flier, flyer, global, globose, globular, handbill, moonlike, moon-round, nutlike, orbicular, orbiculate, pear-shaped, ringed, ringlike, ring-shaped, round, roundish, spheric, spherical, throwaway

Antonyms: square

See Also: ad, advert, advertisement, advertising, advertizement, advertizing, rounded, stuffer

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