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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Circus  \Cir"cus\,  n.;  pl  {Circuses}.  [L.  circus  circle,  ring, 
  circus  (in  sense  1).  See  {Circle},  and  cf  {Cirque}.] 
  1.  (Roman  Antiq.)  A  level  oblong  space  surrounded  on  three 
  sides  by  seats  of  wood,  earth,  or  stone,  rising  in  tiers 
  one  above  another,  and  divided  lengthwise  through  the 
  middle  by  a  barrier  around  which  the  track  or  course  was 
  laid  out  It  was  used  for  chariot  races,  games,  and  public 
  shows. 
 
  Note:  The  Circus  Maximus  at  Rome  could  contain  more  than 
  100,000  spectators.  --Harpers'  Latin  Dict. 
 
  2.  A  circular  inclosure  for  the  exhibition  of  feats  of 
  horsemanship,  acrobatic  displays,  etc  Also  the  company 
  of  performers,  with  their  equipage. 
 
  3.  Circuit;  space;  inclosure.  [R.] 
 
  The  narrow  circus  of  my  dungeon  wall.  --Byron. 




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