2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Circumscribe \Cir'cum*scribe"\, verb (used with an object) [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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: draw a line around; "He drew a circle around the points"

2: restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day" [syn: {limit}, {circumscribe}, {confine}]

3: to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect

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