full circle
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full circle (plural full circles)
 Used other than as an idiom: see full, circle.
 (geometry) An arc of 360 degrees.

2007, Carolyn C. Wheater, Geometry, page 193:
 Arcs are measured in degrees, with 360° in the full circle.

 A full turn back to the original direction or orientation.

2006, Jack Dawson, Reflections in a Curved Glass, page 31:
 He cackled confidentially, like he knew more than he was telling, then threw his head back and crowed once and strutted in a full circle like a rumpled old rooster.
 By extension, of a discussion, a point arrived at which is the same point at which it began; the point at which effort has resulted in no progress.

Usage notes[edit]
In geometry, a full circle is properly an arc of 360°, but informally it may be used to refer to the angle measure subtending that arc.
Synonyms[edit]
 (geometry): perigon
 (full turn): revolution, rotation
Translations[edit]
(geometry) arc of 360 degrees


full turn back to the original direction or orientation

Adverb[edit]
full circle (not comparable)
 Through a rotation or revolution that ends at the starting point.

1983, Dorothy Koster Washburn, Structure and Cognition in Art, page 138:
 Thus, patterns whose parts move about a point axis are called finite, because eventually the parts will move full circle to superimpose upon the original starting point […]

 (idiomatic) Through a cycle of transition, returning to where one started after gaining experience or exploring other things.

2001, Peter M. Coan, Taxi: The Harry Chapin Story, page 139:
 He'd begin with a premise and wrap it up at the end, full circle, the moral of the story hanging on the last word of the last line.

2012, John Schuster, DescartesAgonistes: Physciomathematics, Method & Corpuscular Mechanism 161833, page 213:
 This therefore marks our return full circle to the optical proofs in the Diotprique with which our detective work began.

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Translations[edit]
through a rotation or revolution that ends at the starting point
(idiomatic) through a cycle of transition, returning to where one started