# 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.]

## 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 inscribe4
4. to draw a line round
[C15: from Latin circumscrībere, from circum- + scrībere to write]
ˌcircumˈscriber n
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## 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.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin circumscrībere=circum- circum- + scrībere to write]
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

Imperative
circumscribe
circumscribe
Present
I circumscribe
you circumscribe
he/she/it circumscribes
we circumscribe
you circumscribe
they circumscribe
Preterite
I circumscribed
you circumscribed
he/she/it circumscribed
we circumscribed
you circumscribed
they circumscribed
Present Continuous
I am circumscribing
you are circumscribing
he/she/it is circumscribing
we are circumscribing
you are circumscribing
they are circumscribing
Present Perfect
I have circumscribed
you have circumscribed
he/she/it has circumscribed
we have circumscribed
you have circumscribed
they have circumscribed
Past Continuous
I was circumscribing
you were circumscribing
he/she/it was circumscribing
we were circumscribing
you were circumscribing
they were circumscribing
Past Perfect
Future
I will circumscribe
you will circumscribe
he/she/it will circumscribe
we will circumscribe
you will circumscribe
they will circumscribe
Future Perfect
I will have circumscribed
you will have circumscribed
he/she/it will have circumscribed
we will have circumscribed
you will have circumscribed
they will have circumscribed
Future Continuous
I will be circumscribing
you will be circumscribing
he/she/it will be circumscribing
we will be circumscribing
you will be circumscribing
they will be circumscribing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been circumscribing
you have been circumscribing
he/she/it has been circumscribing
we have been circumscribing
you have been circumscribing
they have been circumscribing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been circumscribing
you will have been circumscribing
he/she/it will have been circumscribing
we will have been circumscribing
you will have been circumscribing
they will have been circumscribing
Past Perfect Continuous
Conditional
I would circumscribe
you would circumscribe
he/she/it would circumscribe
we would circumscribe
you would circumscribe
they would circumscribe
Past Conditional
I would have circumscribed
you would have circumscribed
he/she/it would have circumscribed
we would have circumscribed
you would have circumscribed
they would have circumscribed
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 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"keep down, number - place a limit on the number ofcap - restrict the number or amount of; "We had to cap the number of people we can accept into our club"curtail, restrict, curb, cut back - place restrictions on; "curtail drinking in school"minify, decrease, lessen - make smaller; "He decreased his staff"delimitate, demarcate, delimit - set, mark, or draw the boundaries of somethingcontent - 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 surfacestrace, 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 (Formal) The monarch's powers are circumscribed by Parliament.
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## circumscribe

verb
To place a limit on:
Translations
obkroužitobmalovatohraničitomezitopsat
kitsendamapiiritlemaümbritsema
rajatarajoittaaympyröidä
להגביללתחום

## circumscribe

[ˈsɜːkəmskraɪb] VT (lit) → circunscribir (fig) (= limit) →
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## circumscribe

[ˈsɜːrkəmskraɪb] vt (= limit) → limiter
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## circumscribe

vt
(Math) → einen Kreis umbeschreiben (+dat)
(= restrict)eingrenzen
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## circumscribe

[ˈsɜːkəmˌskraɪb] vt (limit) → limitare (Math) → circoscrivere
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References in classic literature ?
The sovereignty of this nature whereof we speak is made known by its independency of those limitations which circumscribe us on every hand.
Stanivukovic's introduction circumscribes very seriously this masterpiece anthology which is expanded by the very well grounded afterword by Valerie Traub, two texts which show (without blurring the sixteenth-century texts) the pluralism of the critical methodologies and approaches to the Ovidian body as agent of cultural and textual discourse on the body.
And this interpenetration has only become more pronounced: Dolce (1999) circumscribes a central monologue that hoists the interview format to the altitude of Racinian tragedy; Moloch and Taurus (the private lives of Hitler and Lenin respectively; 1999 and 2001) rise from the archive, unleashing a controversial fictional genre of "historical imagination," one that rides on each viewer's own fascinated projections.

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