# circumscribe

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## cir·cum·scribe

(sûr′kəm-skrīb′)*tr.v.*

**cir·cum·scribed**,

**cir·cum·scrib·ing**,

**cir·cum·scribes**

**1.**To draw a line around; encircle.

**2.**

**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.

**3.**

**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.]**cir′cum·scrib′a·ble**

*adj.*

## circumscribe

(ˌsɜːkəmˈskraɪb; ˈsɜːkəmˌskraɪb)*vb*(

*tr*)

**1.**to restrict within limits

**2.**to mark or set the bounds of

**3.**(Mathematics) to draw a geometric construction around (another construction) so that the two are in contact but do not intersect. Compare inscribe

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**4.**to draw a line round

[C15: from Latin

*circumscrībere,*from circum- +*scrībere*to write]**ˌcircumˈscribable**

*adj*

**ˌcircumˈscriber**

*n*

## cir•cum•scribe

(ˈsɜr kəmˌskraɪb, ˌsɜr kəmˈskraɪb)*v.t.*

**-scribed, -scrib•ing.**

**1.**to draw a line around; encircle.

**2.**to enclose within bounds, esp. narrow ones; restrict.

**3.**to mark off; define; delimit.

**4.**

**a.**to draw (a figure) around another figure so as to touch as many points as possible.

**b.**(of a figure) to enclose (another figure) in this manner.

**cir`cum•scrib′a•ble,**

*adj.*

**cir′cum•scrib`er,**

*n.*

## cir·cum·scribe

(sûr′kəm-skrīb′)*Geometry*

To draw a figure around another figure so as to touch as many points as possible. A circle that is circumscribed around a triangle touches it at each of the triangle's three vertices.

## circumscribe

**Past participle:**circumscribed

**Gerund:**circumscribing

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Verb | 1. | circumscribe - draw a line around; "He drew a circle around the points"trace, describe, draw, line, delineate - make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand" circumscribe - to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect |

2. | circumscribe - restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"hold down - restrain; "please hold down the noise so that the neighbors can sleep" cap - restrict the number or amount of; "We had to cap the number of people we can accept into our club" content - satisfy in a limited way; "He contented himself with one glass of beer per day" ration - restrict the consumption of a relatively scarce commodity, as during war; "Bread was rationed during the siege of the city" | |

3. | circumscribe - to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersectgeometry - the pure mathematics of points and lines and curves and surfaces trace, describe, draw, line, delineate - make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand" circumscribe - draw a line around; "He drew a circle around the points" |

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## circumscribe

*verb*

Translations

**obkroužit**

**obmalovat**

**ohraničit**

**omezit**

**opsat**

**kitsendama**

**piiritlema**

**ümbritsema**

**rajata**

**rajoittaa**

**ympyröidä**

**להגביל**

**לתחום**

## circumscribe

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