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From Latin circumscrībō, from circum (“around”) + scrībō (“write”). Surface analysis: circum- + scribe.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɜː.kəm.skɹaɪb/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈsɝ.kəm.skɹaɪb/
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- Rhymes: -aɪb
circumscribe (third-person singular simple present circumscribes, present participle circumscribing, simple past and past participle circumscribed)
- To draw a line around; to encircle.
- To limit narrowly; to restrict.
- 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], “Asking for an Invitation”, in Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. […], volume III, London: Henry Colburn, […], →OCLC, page 29:
- "Well, I promise you to circumscribe her conquests as much as possible by extending my own," returned Henrietta. "It will be an easy task; for Miss Churchill does not do 'the honours of her eyes.' I often tell her her beauty is quite wasted upon her."
- 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36:
- It is tempting to speculate about the incentives or compulsions that might explain why anyone would take to the skies in [the] basket [of a balloon]: […]; perhaps to moralise on the oneness or fragility of the planet, or to see humanity for the small and circumscribed thing that it is; […].
- (geometry) To draw the smallest circle or higher-dimensional sphere that has (a polyhedron, polygon, etc.) in its interior.
to draw a line around; encircle
to limit narrowly; restrict
to draw a circle, sphere, or higher-dimensional ball
- English terms derived from Proto-Indo-European
- English terms derived from the Proto-Indo-European root *(s)kreybʰ-
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