# circumscribe

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Related to circumscribing: Circumcircle, Circumradius, Circumscribed circle

## 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
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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 ?
And the characteristic aspect of westerly weather, the thick, gray, smoky and sinister tone sets in, circumscribing the view of the men, drenching their bodies, oppressing their souls, taking their breath away with booming gusts, deafening, blinding, driving, rushing them onwards in a swaying ship towards our coasts lost in mists and rain.
It seemed to have been constructed for no especial use within itself, but formed merely the interval between two of the colossal supports of the roof of the catacombs, and was backed by one of their circumscribing walls of solid granite.
She knew that they were waiting like wolves just outside the circumscribing light, but she had long spells of power to keep them in hungry subjection there.
Key statement: The vibration absorbing hose has multi-layered construction of tubular inner rubber layer, pressure resistant reinforcement layer circumscribing an outer side of the inner rubber layer and the outer rubber layer as outermost cover layer.
These form a sort of visual frame--simultaneously internal and external to the image--that seems to have the function of circumscribing, enclosing, and thus revealing the mental more than the physical place of these magical visions.
For instance, Justice Anthony Kennedy asserted in his majority decision that "the right the petitioners seek in this case has been accepted as an integral part of human freedom in many other countries," and there was no evidence that governmental interest in circumscribing sexual deviancy (which he termed "personal choice") is "somehow more legitimate or urgent" in the U.S.

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