Adjective "circling" definition and examples

(Circling may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈsəːk(ə)l/

Definitions and examples

noun

A round plane figure whose boundary (the circumference) consists of points equidistant from a fixed point (the centre)
  1. 'We will locate a marker on the circumference of a circle.'
  2. 'A fringe of short parallel lines ran around the edge, and then a pair of concentric circles nearer the centre.'
  3. 'We can picture all these dualities as points on the circumference of a circle.'
  4. 'they all sat round in a circle'
  5. 'Place one or several under a table lamp within the circle of brightest light; the colors will glow.'
  6. 'The light forms a massive circle, within which one can see the sad buildings that are being demolished.'
  7. 'He gestured to the couch and easy chairs arranged in a circle in the lobby.'
  8. 'We're sitting in his spacious living room, which is furnished with two couches and a dozen plastic green chairs arranged in a circle.'
  9. 'Her pinkish red hair was braided and arranged neatly in a circle on her head.'
  10. 'If you haven't immediately fallen asleep, you may see a circle of light.'
  11. 'The circle of light tracked beautifully across the empty gallery space.'
  12. 'My oven mitts bear characteristic blackened circles in the exact shape of my stovetop burners.'
  13. 'The story is largely seen in flickering circles of light and specific scenes are tinted using intense bubblegum pink and steely blue.'
  14. 'His hair was wild, and dark circles hung below his eyes.'
  15. 'Below his eyes were dark circles, outlining his tired eyes.'
  16. 'Her eyes were weary and bloodshot with deep dark circles under them.'
  17. 'I see dark circles under my bloodshot blue eyes and wrinkles from at least four years of undue stress.'
  18. 'He looked at her closely, taking in the dark circles under her bloodshot eyes.'
  19. 'Closer inspection reveals not only the wrinkles around his squinted eyes, but also a suggestion of dark circles under them.'
  20. 'He looked terrible; underfed and beaten, with deep dark circles under his eyes.'
  21. 'If I could wear kohl eyeliner I would never need worry about having dark circles under my eyes.'
  22. 'Real make-up suddenly looked like the preserve of those who had something to hide: crow's feet, dark circles and uneven skin tone.'
  23. 'Hey, what happened to those ugly dark circles around your eyes?'
  24. 'she sat in the front row of the circle'
  25. 'It was even better the third time, possibly because we had really good seats in the circle.'
  26. 'There were so many choir wannabes that they filled the choir platform, the stalls and the circle seats.'
  27. 'I was so small I'd have to perch on the edge of my seat in the circle and peer over the balcony railing to see the players.'
  28. '‘When I went to see her dance, I always booked seats in the royal circle,’ he recalls.'
A group of people with a shared profession, interests, or acquaintances.
  1. 'Not all women benefitted from the situation, but only those within the circle of the upper classes.'
  2. 'It is not easy to break into the cinema circle if you have no background of movies.'
  3. 'Pornography was seen in fashionable circles as a radical movement.'
  4. 'His years in Britain as a cricketer had been his passport to upper-class circles.'
  5. 'You become aware that you're part of a movement or circle in any sort of artistic endeavor.'
  6. 'And at weekends they spend their hard-earned cash in pubs and clubs with a wide circle of interesting, cosmopolitan friends.'
  7. 'In showbusiness circles his sexuality was an open secret.'
  8. 'The Irish wave of discontent in banking circles has spread across the EU.'
  9. 'Little by little he forges around himself a circle of acquaintances and friends.'
  10. 'However, a circle of women disciples followed Jesus up to the end of his life.'

verb

Move all the way around (someone or something), especially more than once.
  1. 'a circling helicopter'
  2. 'Once outside the girls circled the hut and collected their weapons.'
  3. 'Two dogs were circling each other in the enclosed space.'
  4. 'They circled each other like two mad dogs, neither making a move.'
  5. 'In the time it has taken you to read this story, those two stars may have fully circled each other.'
  6. 'She pointed to two cats that were circling each other, starting to hiss.'
  7. 'Soon we were circling each other warily, but I had fought him before, and I remembered his weaknesses.'
  8. 'As the crocodile circled, he retreated to find his dog, which suffered several long cuts to its leg.'
  9. 'The combatants were circling each other warily, and waiting for the next move.'
  10. 'Round and around they circled each other, lunging, stepping back, attacking and then defending.'
  11. 'She circled the rink once and then began to slap the puck around.'
  12. 'he paced away from her, then circled back'
  13. 'Her horse slowed to a trot as she circled back to the starting line.'
  14. 'Let's see if we can circle back to where we started.'
  15. 'He and I go right, then circle back toward her slowly.'
  16. 'The hawk circled back to the island.'
  17. 'We circle back down to our boat, passing through crowded Turkish cemeteries.'
  18. 'Ava's thinking is like a wheel spinning, circling back on itself.'
  19. 'The offspring of the Manhattan Project are circling back toward Manhattan.'
  20. 'Sue, my wife, is taking a long run on the beach and then circling back to buy fresh shrimp for supper.'
  21. 'She keeps circling back to a few events, a few places, all from childhood.'
  22. 'I circled back and drove by again thinking maybe I'd missed it.'
  23. 'The Gare de Lyon is one of the ring of train stations that circle Paris.'
  24. 'Seen from space, an aurora appears as a ring of energy circling a planet's polar region.'
  25. 'For a glimpse of the not-so-distant past, you have only to cross one of the huge, bleak avenues that circles the Old Town.'
  26. 'Circled by soft white sand, the islands are getting known for their beaches.'
  27. 'It was a mountain, and there was a path that circled it.'
  28. 'Decomposed granite paths circle the fountain, and a sandstone path leads to the front door.'
  29. 'circle the correct answers'
  30. 'I will always be a person who circles the date on my calendar and anticipates its arrival.'
  31. 'As he held the classified section toward me, I noticed a hastily drawn line circling one of the ads.'

More definitions

1. a closed plane curve consisting of all points at a given distance from a point within it called the center. Equation: x 2 + y 2 = r 2 .

2. the portion of a plane bounded by such a curve.

3. any circular or ringlike object, formation, or arrangement: a circle of dancers.

4. a ring, circlet, or crown.

5. the ring of a circus.

6. a section of seats in a theater: dress circle.

7. the area within which something acts, exerts influence, etc.; realm; sphere: A politician has a wide

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be circling around markets."

"overheads can be circling."

"motions can be circling."

"planes can be circling."

"people can be circling."

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Origin

(circle)Old English, from Old French cercle, from Latin circulus ‘small ring’, diminutive of circus ‘ring’.

Phrase

circle the drain
circle the wagons
come (or turn) full circle
go (or run) round in circles