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circumscribe


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Circumscribe  \Cir`cum*scribe"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p. 
  {Circumscribed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Circumscribing}.]  [L. 
  circumscribere,  -scriptum;  circum  +  scribere  to  write,  draw. 
  See  {Soribe}.] 
  1.  to  write  or  engrave  around  [R.] 
 
  Thereon  is  circumscribed  this  epitaph.  --Ashmole. 
 
  2.  To  inclose  within  a  certain  limit;  to  hem  in  to  surround; 
  to  bound;  to  confine;  to  restrain. 
 
  To  circumscribe  royal  power.  --Bancroft. 
 
  3.  (Geom.)  To  draw  a  line  around  so  as  to  touch  at  certain 
  points  without  cutting.  See  {Inscribe},  5. 
 
  Syn:  To  bound;  limit;  restrict;  confine;  abridge;  restrain; 
  environ;  encircle;  inclose;  encompass. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  circumscribe 
  v  1:  draw  a  line  around  "He  drew  a  circle  around  the  points" 
  2:  restrict  or  confine,  as  to  area,  extent,  time,  etc  [syn:  {limit}, 
  {confine}] 
  3:  to  draw  a  geometric  figure  around  another  figure  so  that  the 
  two  are  in  contact  but  do  not  intersect 




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