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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Circuit  \Cir"cuit\,  n.  [F.  circuit,  fr  L.  circuitus,  fr 
  circuire  or  circumire  to  go  around  circum  around  +  ire  to 
  go.] 
  1.  The  act  of  moving  or  revolving  around  or  as  in  a  circle 
  or  orbit;  a  revolution;  as  the  periodical  circuit  of  the 
  earth  round  the  sun.  --Watts. 
 
  2.  The  circumference  of  or  distance  round,  any  space;  the 
  measure  of  a  line  round  an  area. 
 
  The  circuit  or  compass  of  Ireland  is  1,800  miles. 
  --J.  Stow. 
 
  3.  That  which  encircles  anything  as  a  ring  or  crown. 
 
  The  golden  circuit  on  my  head.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  The  space  inclosed  within  a  circle,  or  within  limits. 
 
  A  circuit  wide  inclosed  with  goodliest  trees. 
  --Milton. 
 
  5.  A  regular  or  appointed  journeying  from  place  to  place  in 
  the  exercise  of  one's  calling,  as  of  a  judge,  or  a 
  preacher. 
 
  6. 
  a  (Law)  A  certain  division  of  a  state  or  country, 
  established  by  law  for  a  judge  or  judges  to  visit,  for 
  the  administration  of  justice.  --Bouvier. 
  b  (Methodist  Church)  A  district  in  which  an  itinerant 
  preacher  labors. 
 
  7.  Circumlocution.  [Obs.]  ``Thou  hast  used  no  circuit  of 
  words.''  --Huloet. 
 
  {Circuit  court}  (Law),  a  court  which  sits  successively  in 
  different  places  in  its  circuit  (see  {Circuit},  6).  In  the 
  United  States,  the  federal  circuit  courts  are  commonly 
  presided  over  by  a  judge  of  the  supreme  court,  or  a 
  special  circuit  judge,  together  with  the  judge  of  the 
  district  court.  They  have  jurisdiction  within  statutory 
  limits,  both  in  law  and  equity,  in  matters  of  federal 
  cognizance.  Some  of  the  individual  States  also  have 
  circuit  courts,  which  have  general  statutory  jurisdiction 
  of  the  same  class,  in  matters  of  State  cognizance. 
 
  {Circuit  or  Circuity}  {of  action}  (Law),  a  longer  course  of 
  proceedings  than  is  necessary  to  attain  the  object  in 
  view. 
 
  {To  make  a  circuit},  to  go  around  to  go  a  roundabout  way 
 
  {Voltaic  or  Galvanic}  {circuit  or  circle},  a  continous 
  electrical  communication  between  the  two  poles  of  a 
  battery;  an  arrangement  of  voltaic  elements  or  couples 
  with  proper  conductors,  by  which  a  continuous  current  of 
  electricity  is  established. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Circuit  \Cir"cuit\,  v.  i. 
  To  move  in  a  circle;  to  go  round;  to  circulate.  [Obs.]  --J. 
  Philips. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Circuit  \Cir"cuit\,  v.  t. 
  To  travel  around  [Obs.]  ``Having  circuited  the  air.''  --T. 
  Warton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  circuit 
  n  1:  a  path  for  electrical  current  to  flow  [syn:  {electrical 
  circuit},  {electric  circuit}] 
  2:  an  extended  journey  [syn:  {tour}] 
  3:  anything  with  a  round  or  oval  shape  that  is  closed  or  nearly 
  closed  [syn:  {loop}] 
  4:  a  regular  route  for  a  sentry  or  policeman;  "in  the  old  days 
  a  policeman  walked  a  beat  and  knew  all  his  people  by  name" 
  [syn:  {beat},  {round}] 
  5:  (law)  one  of  the  twelve  groups  of  states  in  the  U.S.  that  is 
  covered  by  a  particular  circuit  court  of  appeals 
  6:  (British)  a  racetrack  for  automobile  races  [syn:  {racing 
  circuit}] 
  7:  movement  once  around  a  course;  "he  drove  an  extra  lap  just 
  for  insurance"  [syn:  {lap},  {circle}] 
  v  :  make  a  circuit:  "They  were  circuiting  about  the  state" 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  circuit 
 
  1.    A  communications  path  in  a  {circuit 
  switching}  network. 
 
  2.    A  complete  path  through  which  an  electric 
  current  can  flow. 
 
  (1999-03-17) 
 
 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Circuit 
  the  apparent  diurnal  revolution  of  the  sun  round  the  earth  (Ps. 
  19:6),  and  the  changes  of  the  wind  (Eccl.  1:6).  In  Job  22:14, 
  "in  the  circuit  of  heaven"  (R.V.  marg.,  "on  the  vault  of 
  heaven")  means  the  "arch  of  heaven,"  which  seems  to  be  bent  over 
  our  heads. 
 




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