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tr.v. cir·cum·scribed, cir·cum·scrib·ing, cir·cum·scribes
1. To draw a line around; encircle.
a. To form or mark the limits of; delineate: The hedge circumscribes the property.
b. To limit narrowly; restrict: Their plans were circumscribed by a lack of money. See Synonyms at limit.
a. To enclose (a polygon or polyhedron) within a configuration of lines, curves, or surfaces so that every vertex of the enclosed object is incident on the enclosing configuration.
b. To erect (such a configuration) around a polygon or polyhedron: circumscribe a circle around a square.
[Middle English circumscriben, from Latin circumscrībere : circum-, circum- + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.]