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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Circular  \Cir"cu*lar\,  a.  [L.  circularis,  fr  circulus  circle: 
  cf  F.  circulaire  See  {Circle}.] 
  1.  In  the  form  of  or  bounded  by  a  circle;  round. 
 
  2.  repeating  itself  ending  in  itself  reverting  to  the  point 
  of  beginning;  hence  illogical;  inconclusive;  as  circular 
  reasoning. 
 
  3.  Adhering  to  a  fixed  circle  of  legends;  cyclic;  hence 
  mean  inferior.  See  {Cyclic  poets},  under  {Cyclic}. 
 
  Had  Virgil  been  a  circular  poet,  and  closely  adhered 
  to  history,  how  could  the  Romans  have  had  Dido? 
  --Dennis. 
 
  4.  Addressed  to  a  circle,  or  to  a  number  of  persons  having  a 
  common  interest;  circulated,  or  intended  for  circulation; 
  as  a  circular  letter. 
 
  A  proclamation  of  Henry  III.,  .  .  .  doubtless 
  circular  throughout  England.  --Hallam. 
 
  5.  Perfect;  complete.  [Obs.] 
 
  A  man  so  absolute  and  circular  In  all  those 
  wished-for  rarities  that  may  take  A  virgin  captive. 
  --Massinger. 
 
  {Circular  are},  any  portion  of  the  circumference  of  a  circle. 
 
 
  {Circular  cubics}  (Math.),  curves  of  the  third  order  which 
  are  imagined  to  pass  through  the  two  circular  points  at 
  infinity. 
 
  {Circular  functions}.  (Math.)  See  under  {Function}. 
 
  {Circular  instruments},  mathematical  instruments  employed  for 
  measuring  angles,  in  which  the  graduation  extends  round 
  the  whole  circumference  of  a  circle,  or  360[deg]. 
 
  {Circular  lines},  straight  lines  pertaining  to  the  circle,  as 
  sines,  tangents,  secants,  etc 
 
  {Circular}  {note  or  letter}. 
  a  (Com.)  See  under  {Credit}. 
  b  (Diplomacy)  A  letter  addressed  in  identical  terms  to  a 
  number  of  persons. 
 
  {Circular  numbers}  (Arith.),  those  whose  powers  terminate  in 
  the  same  digits  as  the  roots  themselves;  as  5  and  6,  whose 
  squares  are  25  and  36.  --Bailey.  --Barlow. 
 
  {Circular  points  at  infinity}  (Geom.),  two  imaginary  points 
  at  infinite  distance  through  which  every  circle  in  the 
  plane  is  in  the  theory  of  curves,  imagined  to  pass. 
 
  {Circular  polarization}.  (Min.)  See  under  {Polarization}. 
 
  {Circular  or  Globular}  {sailing}  (Naut.),  the  method  of 
  sailing  by  the  arc  of  a  great  circle. 
 
  {Circular  saw}.  See  under  {Saw}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Circular  \Cir"cu*lar\,  n.  [Cf.  (for  sense  1)  F.  circulaire 
  lettre  circulaire  See  {Circular},  a.] 
  1.  A  circular  letter,  or  paper,  usually  printed,  copies  of 
  which  are  addressed  or  given  to  various  persons;  as  a 
  business  circular. 
 
  2.  A  sleeveless  cloak,  cut  in  circular  form 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  circular 
  adj  1:  having  a  circular  shape  [syn:  {round}]  [ant:  {square}] 
  2:  shaped  like  a  ring  [syn:  {annular},  {annulate},  {annulated}, 
  {circinate},  {ringed},  {ring-shaped}] 
  3:  marked  by  or  moving  in  a  cycle 
  n  :  an  advertisement  (usually  printed  on  a  page  or  in  a  leaflet) 
  intended  for  wide  distribution;  "he  mailed  the  circular 
  to  all  subscribers"  [syn:  {handbill},  {bill},  {broadside}, 
  {broadsheet},  {flier},  {flyer},  {throwaway}] 




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