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CIRCUMFERENCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does circumference mean? 

CIRCUMFERENCE (noun)
  The noun CIRCUMFERENCE has 3 senses:

1. the size of something as given by the distance around it
2. the boundary line encompassing an area or object
3. the length of the closed curve of a circle

  Familiarity information: CIRCUMFERENCE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CIRCUMFERENCE (noun)


Sense 1circumference [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The size of something as given by the distance around it

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

circumference; perimeter

Hypernyms ("circumference" is a kind of...):

size (the physical magnitude of something (how big it is))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "circumference"):

girth (the distance around a person's body)


Sense 2circumference [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The boundary line encompassing an area or object

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Context examples:

he had walked the full circumference of his land / a danger to all races over the whole circumference of the globe

Hypernyms ("circumference" is a kind of...):

border; borderline; boundary line; delimitation; mete (a line that indicates a boundary)


Sense 3circumference [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The length of the closed curve of a circle

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("circumference" is a kind of...):

length (the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest horizontal dimension of something that is fixed in place)

Meronyms (parts of "circumference"):

sextant (a unit of angular distance equal to 60 degrees)

straight angle (an angle of 180 degrees)


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