Definitions for: Circumscribe


[v] restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"
[v] draw a line around; "He drew a circle around the points"
[v] to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect



Webster (1913) Definition: Cir`cum*scribe", v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Circumscribed; p. pr. & vb. n. Circumscribing.] [L.
circumscribere, -scriptum; circum + scribere to write, draw.
See Soribe.]
1. to write or engrave around. [R.]

Thereon is circumscribed this epitaph. --Ashmole.

2. To inclose within a certain limit; to hem in; to surround;
to bound; to confine; to restrain.

To circumscribe royal power. --Bancroft.

3. (Geom.) To draw a line around so as to touch at certain
points without cutting. See Inscribe, 5.

Syn: To bound; limit; restrict; confine; abridge; restrain;
environ; encircle; inclose; encompass.

Synonyms: confine, limit

See Also: cap, content, curb, curtail, cut back, decrease, delimit, delimitate, delineate, demarcate, describe, draw, keep down, lessen, line, minify, number, outline, ration, restrict, trace

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