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cir·cum·fer·ence

 (sər-kŭm′fər-əns)
n.
1. The boundary line of a circle.
2.
a. The boundary line of an area or object.
b. Abbr. c or circ. The length of such a line.
3. The margin or area surrounding something.

[Middle English, from Old French circonference, from Latin circumferentia, from circumferēns, circumferent-, present participle of circumferre, to carry around : circum-, circum- + ferre, to carry; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

cir·cum′fer·en′tial (-fə-rĕn′shəl) adj.
Synonyms: circumference, circuit, compass, perimeter, periphery
These nouns refer to a boundary or area around the outer edge of something: drove around the circumference of the city; followed the circuit around the park; stayed within the compass of the schoolyard; walked the perimeter of the estate; fenced the periphery of the property.

circumference

(səˈkʌmfərəns)
n
1. (Mathematics) the boundary of a specific area or geometric figure, esp of a circle
2. (Mathematics) the length of a closed geometric curve, esp of a circle. The circumference of a circle is equal to the diameter multiplied by π
[C14: from Old French circonference, from Latin circumferre to carry around, from circum- + ferre to bear]
circumferential adj
cirˌcumferˈentially adv

cir•cum•fer•ence

(sərˈkʌm fər əns)

n.
1. the outer boundary, esp. of a circular area; perimeter: The circumference of a circle is equal to π times the diameter.
2. the length of such a boundary.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin circumferentia circumferēns, present participle of circumferre to carry round in a circle]
cir•cum`fer•en′tial (-fəˈrɛn ʃəl) adj.

cir·cum·fer·ence

(sər-kŭm′fər-əns)
1.
a. The boundary line of a circle.
b. The boundary line of a figure, area, or object.
2. The length of such a boundary.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.circumference - the size of something as given by the distance around itcircumference - the size of something as given by the distance around it
size - the physical magnitude of something (how big it is); "a wolf is about the size of a large dog"
girth - the distance around a person's body
2.circumference - the boundary line encompassing an area or object; "he had walked the full circumference of his land"; "a danger to all races over the whole circumference of the globe"
border, borderline, boundary line, delimitation, mete - a line that indicates a boundary
3.circumference - the length of the closed curve of a circle
length - the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest dimension of something that is fixed in place; "the length of the table was 5 feet"
sextant - a unit of angular distance equal to 60 degrees
straight angle - an angle of 180 degrees

circumference

noun edge, limits, border, bounds, outline, boundary, fringe, verge, rim, perimeter, periphery, extremity a gold watch-face with diamond chips around its circumference

circumference

noun
A line around a closed figure or area:
Translations
مُحيطُ الدّائِرَه
obvod
omkreds
kehäympärysmitta
kerület
ummál
円周円周長
apskritimo ilgis
perimetrsriņķa līnija
circunferênciacomprimento da circunferênciaperímetro
obseg
omkrets
çember uzunluğuçevresel uzunluk

circumference

[səˈkʌmfərəns] Ncircunferencia f

circumference

[sərˈkʌmfrəns] ncirconférence f
seven metres in circumference → sept mètres de circonférence

circumference

nUmfang m; the tree is 10 ft in circumferenceder Baum hat einen Umfang von 10 Fuß

circumference

[sˈkʌmfrns] ncirconferenza

circumference

(səˈkamfərəns) noun
(the length of) the boundary line of a circle or anything circular in shape. the circumference of a circle/wheel.

cir·cum·fer·ence

n. circunferencia; círculo.
References in classic literature ?
A circle of a few hundred feet in circumference was drawn, and each of the party took a segment for his portion.
The street is Pyncheon Street; the house is the old Pyncheon House; and an elm-tree, of wide circumference, rooted before the door, is familiar to every town-born child by the title of the Pyncheon Elm.
The wide circumference of an elaborate ruff, beneath his grey beard, in the antiquated fashion of King James's reign, caused his head to look not a little like that of John the Baptist in a charger.
It had been next to impossible to dart these drugged-harpoons, were it not that as we advanced into the herd, our whale's way greatly diminished; moreover, that as we went still further and further from the circumference of commotion, the direful disorders seemed waning.
At the head there was a great iron wheel, about twenty feet in circumference, with rings here and there along its edge.
The Rigi-Kulm is an imposing Alpine mass, six thousand feet high, which stands by itself, and commands a mighty prospect of blue lakes, green valleys, and snowy mountains-- a compact and magnificent picture three hundred miles in circumference.
In one place they found a spacious cavern, from whose ceiling depended a multitude of shining stalactites of the length and circumference of a man's leg; they walked all about it, wondering and admiring, and presently left it by one of the numerous passages that opened into it.
Besides these Dervishes, were other three who had rushed into another sect, which mended matters with a jargon about "the Centre of Truth:" holding that Man had got out of the Centre of Truth--which did not need much demonstration--but had not got out of the Circumference, and that he was to be kept from flying out of the Circumference, and was even to be shoved back into the Centre, by fasting and seeing of spirits.
He scarce had ceas't when the superiour Fiend Was moving toward the shore; his ponderous shield Ethereal temper, massy, large and round, Behind him cast; the broad circumference Hung on his shoulders like the Moon, whose Orb Through Optic Glass the TUSCAN Artist views At Ev'ning from the top of FESOLE, Or in VALDARNO, to descry new Lands, Rivers or Mountains in her spotty Globe.
Here is no danger impending,'' said Waldemar Fitzurse; ``are you so little acquainted with the gigantic limbs of your father's son, as to think they can be held within the circumference of yonder suit of armour?
8th, That the said man-mountain shall, in two moons' time, deliver in an exact survey of the circumference of our dominions, by a computation of his own paces round the coast.
You, who are blessed with shade as well as light, you, who are gifted with two eyes, endowed with a knowledge of perspective, and charmed with the enjoyment of various colours, you, who can actually SEE an angle, and contemplate the complete circumference of a circle in the happy region of the Three Dimensions -- how shall I make clear to you the extreme difficulty which we in Flatland experience in recognizing one another's configuration?