Definition of "circular" []

  • Of or relating to a circle. (adjective)
  • Shaped like or nearly like a circle; round. (adjective)
  • Moving in or forming a circle. (adjective)
  • Circuitous; roundabout: took a circular route to the office. (adjective)
  • Using a premise to prove a conclusion that in turn is used to prove the premise: a circular argument. (adjective)
  • Of, involving, resembling, or shaped like a circle (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Circuitous (adjective)
  • (of arguments) futile because the truth of the premises cannot be established independently of the conclusion (adjective)
  • Travelling or occurring in a cycle (adjective)
  • (of letters, announcements, etc) intended for general distribution (adjective)
  • A printed or duplicated advertisement or notice for mass distribution (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "circular" in a sentence
  • "Circular observation in pictures whose structure was apparently not circular leads to the consideration of _circular composition, _ or that class of pictures where the evident intention is to compose under the influence of circular observation — where the circle expresses the first thought in the composition."
  • "Circular composition traceable in what has been first conceived as pyramidal or rectangular, circular composition as the first intention, expressed either on a vertical plane or in perspective, i.e., circular or elliptical — and composition _made circular_ not by any arrangement of parts, but by sacrifice and elimination of edges and corners are the three forms of composition which produce circular observation."
  • "Frank DiBello, the chief executive of Space Florida—a state-fundedn economic-development agency that normally would be a White House ally—lamented what he called a "circular and endless debate" about NASA's future."